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UPDATE: Four Firefighters Injured in Grain Elevator Fire

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  Fire has destroyed the “Dakota Dried Bean” Elevator in Devils Lake and caused 4 firefighters minor injuries in our extreme cold.

   Owner, David Polries (Poll-Rice) says the structure was filled with 100-thousand bushels of dried pea by-products, used in pet food. He says the entire loss is valued at around one-million dollars.

  The fire was reported just after 8 o’clock Sunday night. At the height of the blaze, 65 firefighters from Devils Lake and surrounding communities battled the blaze. The Fire Chief says it appears to have started at the top of the structure.

Jim Moe, Fire Chief: “thoughout the process they got into where the elevator was and that’s when they saw everything was coming down from the top. At that time I ordered everybody outside.”

  Firefighters were hampered by a wind chill of 55-degrees below zero. Water was turning into ice crystals, before it could reach the fire at the top of the structure.

Jim Moe, Fire Chief: “Those are always problems when we have conditions like this. We had a lot of ice. We were making a lot of snow tithe water. And we also had 2 firefighters sustain some frostbite and 2 firefighters fell.”

   Two firefighters, who fell on the ice at ground level were treated and released from the hospital. Two others with minor frost bite did not require treatment.

Jim Moe, Fire Chief: “There are extreme conditions out there right now. We’re really working hard at trying to rotate everybody in, so they don’t stay out in the extreme weather any long than necessary.”

  The Chief says during the course of the blaze, they also had to keep an eye on nearby homes and buildings, as the fire spewed embers high into the air.

  A State Fire Marshal is on the scene, working to determine the cause of the fire.

  Ironically, the fire was only 300 feet from the Devils Lake Fire Department. It served as a place for firefighters to rotate out of the cold and warm up.




Four firefighters were injured fighting a large elevator fire in Devils Lake, North Dakota. Fire officials tell Valley News Live that two firefighters were injured when they slipped and fell on the ice. They were both treated and released.  Two other firefighters suffered minor frostbite.

The elevator is the former Peavey Elevator, which is now called Dakota Bean. Authorities say the elevator was full of beans at the time of the fire and this will likely be a multi-million dollar loss.

No word yet on the cause of the fire. As of 9:00 a.m. crews were still on scene. At one point, several fire departments were assisting with approximately 65 fire fighters on scene.


Officers say a grain elevator that started on fire in Devils Lake is destroyed. 

Devils Lake police say the fire had been called in Sunday night, around 8:00 p.m. at the 100 block of 8th Street NE.

The top of the structure collapsed first and the main part was then fully engulfed by flames. 

As of 12:30 a.m. Monday, Firefighter were still battling the flames. Police say the elevator could burn for several days. 

No reports that anyone has been hurt. The fire is contained to the one building. 
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