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December 12, 2019 | Waukon Standard
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Fire at Waukon Feed Ranch in Iowa

2,000-bushel dryer full of corn caught fire

Standard Photo by Joe Moses

Firefighters responded to a a grain bin dryer at the Waukon Feed Ranch mill along Ninth Street SW in Waukon, IA, last Friday.

According to a report at the Waukon Standard, Brad Herman, the facilities general manager, said the 2,000-bushel dryer full of corn had somehow caught fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Herman said maintenance and cleaning had just been conducted on that same dryer four hours prior to the fire.

He also said the tower dryer is designed with an emergency release system that allowed the burning corn inside to be released in a controlled fashion so it could be extinguished and removed from the immediate release area.

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