UPDATE: Grain Elevator Fire in Rock Co.

UPDATED Wednesday, November 28, 2012 --- 11:34 a.m.

Press Release from Clinton Fire:

At 1958 (7:58 PM) the Clinton Fire Department responded to the above address for a Commercial Fire in an Agriculture Equipment Maintenance Shop.

Called to a fully involved Commercial Building fire at the above address. Fire crews found the southeast corner of the building fully involved in fire with heavy black smoke coming from the overhead door located on that end. There was a full Anhydrous Ammonia railcar located within 100 feet of the south east corner of the building. Exposures to grain storage bins and a grain dryer were on the west end of the building. There was a large above ground natural gas pipe located on the west end of the building.

The building and contents appear to be a total loss with early estimates not available. Insurance companies from both businesses have been contacted and are enroute.

Building Owners: Gavilon Grain

Building Renter: Agroliance

MABAS Box Alarm 40-12 was called for mutual aid.

Incident Commander: John F Rindfleisch
Zone: BR17
First-In Engine Company: Clinton Engine 44
Cause: Undetermined
Public Information Officer: Chief John F. Rindfleisch
Number of Adults Injured: 0
Number of Firefighters Injured: 1 Clinton Firefighter (knee injury)
Total No. of Medic Units: 4
Total No. of Engine Companies: 4
Total No. of Fire Companies: 25
Total No. of Command and Support Staff: 8
Total No. of Firefighters: 66


Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 -- 5:35 a.m.

Several families in Rock County are back in their homes this morning after a fire in a grain elevator. The fire started around 8 p.m. at Gavilon Grain in Avalon. Residents in the area were evacuated and Highway 140 was temporarily closed as a precaution.

Authorities have yet to release a damage estimate.

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