Social media spread Craigmont fire details

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 12:47 PM

CRAIGMONT, Idaho -- Social media helped many people in the Craigmont area learn details about the grain elevator fire Sunday evening.

Facebook and Twitter were the first sources of information for the grain elevator fire in Craigmont. Letting people know to stay away from that part of town and that school at the Highland School District was cancelled.

Updates were posted throughout the past 24 hours on the district’s page that let people know this was the preferred method with e-mail being down and other resources were unavailable.

On Twitter you can see tweets about the fire coming up every hour since it started. There were some cases where too many people were using social media and it jammed cell service.

Those living in Craigmont said the role social media is playing for this fire could make some positive changes in the future.

Staff at the school district said many students have iPads issued by the school which helped them follow social media updates.

 

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