UPDATE: Corn dryer fire at Mark Schaffer Farms

A fire Sunday morning struck a corn dryer at Mark Schaffer Farms on Old State Road in Norwalk.
Cary Ashby
Oct 15, 2012

 

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.

Comments

SickOfTheStupidity

Great....I hope this doesn't get out. The oil companies will use this to justify increasing the price of gas........

44846GWP

Thought I smelled Pop Corn!

hit the road jack

Too bad,hope not all his GMO corn burned up.