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Fire damages LeMars elevator

Thursday, June 10, 2004

A fire that destroyed part of a grain elevator business was still smoldering on Monday, two day after it started.

Firefighters were called to the Le Mars Agri-Center Saturday night. Flames and thick black smoke could be seen for blocks as some 60 firefighters fought to keep the fire under control.

One elevator and a nearby building were gutted, but firefighters were able to stop major damage to a second elevator and a storage building, which were attached to the burning elevator.

"We wanted to make sure it didn't get into the storage building, which had a bunch of chemicals," Fire Chief Wayne Schipper said.

No one in the Agri-Center buildings at the time of the fire, and no one was hurt.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

"We're looking down on the bottom, in the basement area right inside there," Schipper said.

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