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New Technology Helped Battle Texas Grain Terminal Fire

Thermal imaging cameras and a drone determine hot spot

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On Monday, the Corpus Christi Fire Department worked all day to contain and extinguish a grain elevator fire at Interstate Grain Port Terminal.

Kris TV reports the fire is believed to have started when a couple of bearings in the conveyor belt wore out and sent sparks into the grain dust silo. It took firefighters 13 hours to extinguish.

The greatest danger was the grain dust. The silo contained 50,000 pounds.

“We were able to use thermal imaging cameras on our drone in order to pinpoint where the hot spot was located," CCFD Chief Robert Rocha told Kris TV. "In the past, firefighters were often blind where the danger was, but through the utilization of new technology, we were able to determine where the hot spot was."

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