Craigmont firefighters monitor smoking grain elevator rubble

Craigmont firefighters monitor smoking grain elevator rubble

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 11:17 PM

CRAIGMONT, Idaho -- Flames destroyed five buildings Sunday between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning in Craigmont. Firefighters from 27 agencies across Idaho spent the overnight hours fighting back flames.

A Lewis County official confirmed the damage Monday morning. Flames destroyed a grain elevator containing garbanzo beans and a connected flat house. Both buildings belonged to Columbia Grain Company.

The flames destroyed three other train elevators. Those elevators contained peas, wheat, and barley according to authorities.

Lewis County leaders said there was no known chemicals or fertilizers stored at the site. However, Lewis County Commissioners declared a state of emergency Sunday night and Craigmont leaders cancelled school on Monday.

Firefighters managed to contain the flames to the grain bin complex which is approximately the size of two city blocks.

Lewis County Commissioners declared a state of emergency Sunday night when flames destroyed two grain bins and one elevator.  Fire crews worked through the night to protect a nearby Columbia Grain office building and storage building.

Fire investigators do not yet know the cause of the fire. The Idaho State Fire Marshal will be on scene on Tuesday.

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