Massive Grain Elevator Fire in Minnesota

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April 18th, 2024

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Around 11:30 p.m., on February 26th, 911 operators received calls that a grain elevator was on fire in Hawley, Minnesota. Over 15 fire departments responded to the fire. They used tanker trucks and cranes to help extinguish the fire and move debris around. Seven hours passed before authorities controlled the blaze and it took nearly eight hours to extinguish it. Hawley’s pump can only generate about 600 gallons a minute, the same flow rate as a ladder hose. Water supply became so strained that city officials requested that residents use water only if necessary.

Multiple fire departments extinguished the flames leaping into the sky at a Hawley grain elevator.

The grain elevator was not in use at the time of the fire and the cause is under investigation by officials. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries, and although a smoldering fire started across the street, no other structures sustained damage. By Monday morning, firefighters extinguished all hot spots. Officials took a precautionary step of calling off all schools and local businesses until they were sure it was safe to resume.

A picture of rescuers continuing to put out hotspots on Monday morning.

Risk Logic’s engineers, equipped with extensive knowledge of grain elevators and the potential combustible dust hazards they pose, are well-prepared to evaluate hazards at your facility. Engineers will visit your business to assess the way you receive, store, use, process, and dispose of all combustible dust. Their experience and expertise ensure that your business is in safe hands. We can provide more information regarding explosion protection systems for combustible dust hazards and conduct a property loss prevention inspection of your facility. Please contact Risk Logic Inc. for more details.