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September 06, 2019 | Rutland Herald
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Grain Pile Smolders at Phoenix Feed & Nutrition in Brandon, VT

Firefighters called when the 350-ton pile produced smoke

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Rutland Herald reports two dozen firefighters were called to Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition in Brandon, VT, to extinguish a smoldering 350-ton pile of grain. 

Brandon Fire Chief Roman Wdoviak said his department was summoned once the pile heated up and produced smoke. Firefighters from Rutland Town and Pittsford assisted. Wdoviak said firefighters and granary workers moved the 350-ton pile while the material was watered down. 

The grain is no longer usable for its original purposes, said Shannon Kayhart, officer manager at the Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition plant in Fair Haven. She said the material will likely end up being used as fertilizer.

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