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Winona, Washington – Fire Causes Destruction of Grain Elevator

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Posted on October 24, 2019

Winona, Washington (October 22, 2019) – A grain elevator near Winona was destroyed in a fire that broke out on Tuesday evening. Fortunately no injuries have been reported from the incident, but the fire caused the loss of 110,000 bushels of wheat. No other structures were reported to have been damaged in the incident.

The Colfax Fire Department reported that crews were letting the fire burn due to high wind conditions at the time of the incident. The cause of the fire has not yet been reported.

About Fire

It is fortunate that no injuries have been reported in this case. Like any other structure, commercial buildings must be checked for fire safety. Most if not all the steps in fire safety involve securing the area of one’s business or residence. It is also important to make sure that possible combustible materials are discarded properly or at the very least kept away from buildings. They also urge owners of buildings to review fire safety and make sure that an escape plan is formulated in case of fire.

Much like fire safety in other types of buildings, there are different factors which can add or detract the risk of a fire breaking out. The structure and materials that a building is made out of should be assessed for fire safety before construction. It is also advised that all buildings should be equipped with proper fire suppression tools and detection devices such as fire alarms and smoke alarms. Taking these simple steps should help prevent or lessen the risk of fire. Like with all accidents, the effects of fire are dreadful, including property damage and loss as well as injuries or even fatalities. Fire safety is then not only consideration for one’s self, but also consideration for others.

Note: The excat location of the incident has not been provided.