Investigator says cause of Craigmont fire unknown

Investigator says cause of Craigmont fire unknown

Investigator says cause of Craigmont fire unknown

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 3:52 PM

CRAIGMONT, Idaho -- A state investigator says the cause of a fire that destroyed three grain elevators in the small town of Craigmont earlier this month remains a mystery.

Mark Aamodt told the Lewiston Tribune Monday the cause of the fire is undetermined -- though there is no reason to consider the blaze suspicious.

The May 12 blaze destroyed grain elevators owned by Hinrichs Trading Co., of Pullman, Wash., and Columbia Grain.

Columbia Grain General Manager Randy Olstead says there is no dollar estimate yet on the loss.

Investigators say the fire started early afternoon in a Hinrichs elevator built of wood and tin, then spread quickly to neighboring elevators and other structures.

Executives from both companies have vowed to rebuild the elevators and keep the business in the community.

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