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Fire roaring at grain elevator in Edgeley, North Dakota – InForum

EDGELEY, ND – Tonight, November 11th, a raging fire broke out in a granary here. Edgeley is a town of 585 people about 40 miles south of Jamestown.

According to a Facebook Live video stream from Everything Edgeley USA, responders are currently battling the fire.

“It’s going to be tough for the community,” said Mayor Calvin Triepke, who occasionally had to cough because of the smoke.

Triepke, a small farming town, said they were lucky in that they were able to bring in their crops before this fire broke out.

The fire likely started in the office section of the CHS facility before spreading to the wooden elevator.

“They’re just waiting for the bigger ones to collapse,” said Triepke. As he spoke, he noticed that a large part of it began to fall.

An elevator has grain that contains other salt and feed, Triepke said.

Volunteer firefighters have been fighting the fire for hours.

“We have a good fire department, really,” said Triepke. He thanked neighbors LaMoure and Kulm for dispatching their firefighters to help them tonight.

Triepke hasn’t had time to think about it yet, he says, but he imagines that cleaning up will start in the morning.

The only bright spot for this fire, Triepke said, is that Edgeley is a strong community and people are already banding together.

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A photo taken by Bruce Salzsieder from the entrance of Edgeley’s recently evacuated ambulance building.

Submitted photo / Bruce Salzsieder

Bruce Salzieder was having dinner with the mayor when they first got the call about the fire.

Debris from the burning elevator next door could potentially fall on their structure, he was warned.

“We’re about 75 meters from the elevator,” Salzieder said. There’s also a nearby lumberyard and private home that he’s worried about.

They removed both ambulances, all oxygen tanks, even the department’s small propane grill from the building.

“We just got out of there,” Salzieder said.

He said nobody was hurt.

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The fire rages at the granary in Edgeley, ND

Submitted Photo / Raymond DeLaurier

The elevator, owned by CHS Dakota Plains Ag, offers grain marketing, certified seed, seed cleaning and grain drying, according to the city’s website.

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Google map image of suspected elevator location.

Submitted photo / Google Maps

A call to the LaMoure County Sheriff’s Department was not immediately answered by deputies Friday night.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Edgeley is open to those displaced by the fire, according to a post on the Everything Edgeley USA Facebook page.

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