Old mill collapses after fire in Ellsworth County

KWCH – May 8, 2017

Photo by Darvy Hubka-Vopat


Emergency Management in Ellsworth County tells us the reported grain elevator fire in Wilson Sunday was to an old mill that is more than 100 years old.

Emergency Management says the mill, situated between two abandoned grain silos, collapsed. We’re told one silo has fire damage and barricades are set up around the silo in case it, too collapses.

No one was injured, but there is the possibility of minor damage to nearby homes from the fire, reported a little after 2 p.m.

Crews blasted the fire with water for hours, but putting it out was just one of their concerns with the houses just on the north side of the old mill. Crews were able to contain the blaze before it could spread and cause any serious damage beyond the site where it began.

Crews expected to stay on the scene through Sunday night, monitoring rubble to make sure nothing rekindles. The Ellsworth County emergency manager says none of the buildings at the scene have been used for years.

Wilson Fire Chief Larry Langerman said his department used all six of its trucks in fighting the blaze. The Wilson department was assisted by fire departments from Ellsworth, Bunker Hill, Dorrance, Holyrood and Russell.


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