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Firefighters Delayed When Fire Knocks Out Town's Radio System

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Courtesy: Dave Hammond Courtesy: Dave Hammond


Investigators in Abercrombie, North Dakota, are still trying to figure out what could have started an early morning fire that destroyed a grain elevator.

The building and office of Stephen Gunness's elevator is destroyed after a fire tore through it around six Tuesday morning. And even though it is a sight of destruction, many of the bins were able to survive the fire.

"The main structure of the bins are okay, the grain leg is kinked from the heat so we'll have to replace that but it'll be something we do as a main project to re-build the whole thing," Gunness says. 

Since Gunness and his crew just started hauling on Monday, not much corn, if any, was lost in this ordeal. But it was a tougher morning for firefighters.

"This fire not only knocked out the grain elevator behind us but it also houses the repeater system for Abercrombie Fire Department, knocking out radio communications as well."

"Hampered our initial communication we weren't able to get dispatched hard to get our firefighters responding to the scene we had to go to an old manual fire system and activate our firefighters using the old fire siren," explains Fire Chief Kevin Bernier. 

No one was on the elevator site at the time of the fire, and luckily no one was injured. Gunness says he plans to re-build.

Investigators are focusing their attention around a possible overheated bearing in the elevator system, or the farmer's car that was plugged in overnight.


An elevator fire caused problems for dispatchers Tuesday morning in Abercrombie, ND, which delayed firefighters being called out. 

Fire communications were out for the city of Abercrombie, because the elevator site houses their radio repeater. It slightly delayed the initial dispatch of fire crews. Firefighters had to be alerted by the town's siren.

The elevator is expected to be declared a total loss.

No one was hurt.


Several rural fire departments responded to a fire call at the elevator in Abercrombie, ND on Tuesday morning.

The elevator was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived.

Volunteer firefighter Dave Hammond says the elevator is a total loss. A small trailer next to the elevator, that was used as an office, is also destroyed.

No one was hurt.

Valley News Live has a crew on its way to Abercrombie. Watch for updates.


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