Firefighters battle blaze at grain elevator

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By John DeCoste


Firefighters and equipment from Kentville, New Minas and Waterville and

District spent most of Sunday afternoon at the scene of a fire in a grain

dryer at the Big East Grain Centre in Steam Mill.


Kentville firefighters received the original alarm around noon, and once

they arrived on scene and saw what they were dealing with, called for

mutual aid.


Kentville acting fire chief Ryan MacEachern termed the fire inside the

large grain dryer "stubborn," in that firefighters "had to fight a fire on

the inside from the outside" until holes could be cut in the exterior of

the structure to allow for water to be trained inside. Firefighters were

still on scene at 3:45 p.m. and MacEachern expected they likely would be

"for a while yet."


There was no immediate cause for the fire, which was apparently discovered

by workers doing their rounds.


MacEachern confirmed the fire department would be doing an investigation,

likely along with insurance officials as the structure was apparently

fully insured.




Organizations: Big East Grain Centre

Geographic location: Kentville, Steam Mill

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