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Fire consumes Kennedy grain elevator in northwestern Minnesota

KENNEDY, Minn.--A grain elevator in Kennedy was destroyed Wednesday in an early morning fire. Multiple fire departments responded about 12:25 a.m. Wednesday to the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Co. at 401 Atlantic Ave. for a report of a fire, accordin...

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A fire marshal surveys the scene of an early morning fire at the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Co. on Wednesday morning. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

KENNEDY, Minn.-A grain elevator in Kennedy was destroyed Wednesday in an early morning fire.

Multiple fire departments responded about 12:25 a.m. Wednesday to the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Co. at 401 Atlantic Ave. for a report of a fire, according to the Kittson County Sheriff's Department. Most fire departments had left the scene by 2 p.m., though the Kennedy Fire Department kept firefighters at the scene to monitor the wreckage after the flames were brought under control.

No injuries were reported, and neighboring residential structures were not damaged by the flames, but the elevator is expected to be a total loss, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The fire caused traffic disruptions as firefighters strung water hoses across Atlantic Avenue. The street, which is also U.S. Highway 75, was closed during the fire and vehicles were detoured to other streets.

The elevator was full of grain, mostly wheat and soybeans. The financial loss is unknown.

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The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Fire departments from the Minnesota cities of Kennedy, Hallock, Lancaster, Lake Bronson, Karlstad, Argyle, Warren and Stephen, as well as two North Dakota fire departments from Drayton and Pembina, responded to the scene. The Hallock Ambulance Service also responded.

Thousands of bushels of wheat spill out of a debris pile at the scene of an early morning fire at the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Co. in northwestern Minnesota on Wednesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Thousands of bushels of wheat spill out of a debris pile at the scene of an early morning fire at the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Co. in northwestern Minnesota on Wednesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Thousands of bushels of wheat spill out of a debris pile at the scene of an early morning fire at the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Co. in northwestern Minnesota on Wednesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Thousands of bushels of wheat spill out of a debris pile at the scene of an early morning fire at the Kennedy Farmers Elevator Co. in northwestern Minnesota on Wednesday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

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