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Wooden grain elevator destroyed by fire in Circle

Wooden grain elevator destroyed by fire in Circle

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CIRCLE (AP) - Fire destroyed a 60-year-old wooden grain elevator here, but no one was injured and the CHS Inc. main elevator in town was not involved, a CHS spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The 1940s-era wooden elevator was used for seasonal storage and storage of seed grains, said Lani Jordan, director of corporate communications for CHS, formerly Cenex Harvest States, in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

"It began to smolder yesterday and by today had turned into a full-fledged fire," Jordan said.

The elevator can hold about 335,000 bushels of grain and was about half full, Jordan said.

The elevator was a total loss and some areas were still smoldering Tuesday afternoon.

Jordan said the company plans an investigation into the cause of the fire.

"Right now we're not speculating on the cause," she said.

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