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Firefighter Hurt in Gavilon Grain Elevator Explosion

Welding work, grain powder accumulation likely led to explosion and fire at Clovis, NM, facility

One firefighter suffered an arm fracture Wednesday morning while fighting a fire that started Tuesday afternoon at the Gavilon grain elevator in Clovis, NM.

The firefighter was hurt when his arm was pinned between a hose and railing.

Firefighters first responded to the elevator Tuesday afternoon after a Gavilon employee heard an explosion and called for help.

The Eastern New Mexico News reported that as firefighters struggled to deliver water to the fire within the ductwork 110 feet off the ground, they heard several other minor explosions.

Battalion Chief Chet Chenault told the News that a combination of welding work and grain powder accumulation in the ductwork likely led to the explosion and fire.

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