Clean up begins at site of grain silo in Odessa destroyed by fire

Clean up begins at site of grain silo in Odessa destroyed by fire

Credit: Paul Scheller

Clean up begins at site of grain silo in Odessa destroyed by fire

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 18 at 4:18 PM

ODESSA, Wash.  -- Clean up has officially begin at the site of a grain silo destroyed by fire Tuesday night.

Thursday afternoon, crews began to remove debris from the site. 

Lincoln County officials said firefighters were called to the Odessa Union Warehouse just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The silo was half-filled with grain.

Authorities said it appeared the fire started at the silo. There were no immediate reports of power outages or injuries.

As the Odessa Fire Department worked to control the fire, officials evacuated  more than 40 nearby homes.

At 9:45 p.m., they believed they had the fire contained and were not concerned about it spreading. The residents were allowed back into their homes.

Wednesday afternoon smoke was still rising at the site of the destroyed grain silo.

The owners aren't worried about the loss. Staff with Odessa Union Warehouse said the grain in that silo is less than 1% of what they handle in a year.

The Odessa Fire Department was keeping an eye on the site to make sure it doesn't spread.

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