Fire started by machinery

By David Tan
Colby Free Press – April 28, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – May 2, 2017

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A cornstalk fire was started Thursday by a grinder malfunction on Vinny Glad’s property just north of the Meadow Lake Golf Course.

The fire department received the call around 12:41 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Sean Hankin said.

He and the first trucks arrived on the scene, next door to Cranston Cattle, at 12:47 p.m.

A bearing went out on a grinder while grinding cornstalks into feed, Hankin said. The operator turned around and saw smoke coming out of the grinder the the pile. He called the fire department right away.

Firefighters used fire rakes to dig deep where embers were smoldering, Hankin said, as they tried to make the pile more manageable. The wind also complicated their efforts to put out the fire because it kept changing directions from southeast to east.

The fire was contained around 2:37 p.m. and a few trucks stayed behind for a few hours to make sure nothing sparked up again, Hankin said.

He warned that people should still be careful, even with the recent rains. The soil might be moist for a few days, Hankin said, but the surface is still going to be dry thanks to wind conditions.

“This fire was something that the general public wouldn’t normally have happen to them,” Hankin said. “If they are working with fire, they need to pay attention to the weather and be attentive.”


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