UPDATE: Corn dryer fire at Mark Schaffer Farms

Cary Ashby • Oct 15, 2012 at 9:52 PM

An employee of Mark Schaffer Farms called about a fire in one of the 70-foot-tall corn dryers about 8 a.m.

(NOTE - To see photos of the fire, click HERE.)

Norwalk firefighters were set up within seven to 10 minutes of being dispatched. The crew extended its 95-foot ladder to the front of the dryer, which holds 2,000 bushels of corn. The farm has two dryers, both of which cost about $150,000. The official damage estimate is more than $200,000.

Fairfield and Milan Township firefighters arrived later to provide mutual aid. The Milan Township crew used its ladder truck to attack the dryer from the side. Twenty-four firefighters total were on scene.

The crew had two portable ponds set up, which were siphoning water from a pond near the silos. Firefighters had turned off the water at 10:07 a.m. but continued to work at the scene.

A story about the fire appears on the front page of Monday's Reflector.

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