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Crew Fights Fire in Sunflower Seed Drying Silo

January 31, 2020

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Crew Fights Fire in Sunflower Seed Drying Silo
A fire broke out in a silo used for drying sunflower seeds at a South Dakota farm. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Firefighters responded to Colson Farms near Blunt, SD on Thursday after a fire ignited in a grain bin at the site, according to a local news organization and the Blunt Rural Fire Department. 

A crew arrived at the farm at about 7:30 p.m., Dakota Radio Group News reported. The silo was being used to dry sunflower seeds at the time of the incident

“When we showed up on scene, [there were flames] showing out the top of the bin,” Blunt Rural Fire Department said in a post on its Facebook page. “We had the fire knocked down fairly quickly but had hours of overhaul to get the smoldering sunflowers out.”

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No injuries were logged during the incident, Dakota Radio Group News said. 

Another fire broke out this week in a piece of sunflower drying equipment at the Border Ag & Energy grain elevator in Bottineau, ND. Earlier this month, a fire started in a grain dryer at the CHS Inc. sunflower processing plant and shipping facility in Grandin, ND. 

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