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Blizzard complicates Nebraska grain elevator fire

Emergency crews battled wind gusts of 40 mph, snow-covered terrain and low visibility but successfully contained the fire.

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Reporting for News Channel Nebraska, Ana Ruth Lugo Mejia described the efforts of the Cairo, Nebraska, Volunteer Fire Department and other emergency response crews to put out a grain fire during a snowstorm.  Wind gusts of around 40 mph, snow-covered terrain and low visibility impeded the firefighting efforts. Luckily, several emergency response teams from central Nebraska were able to support the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department. 

The firefighters were able to tap into an irrigation system half a mile away to quickly fill of trucks. The fire was successfully contained, though the grain bin was a loss. 

Through a social media post, the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department expressed their sincere gratitude to the Wood River Fire & Rescue Department, the Alda Volunteer Fire Department, and the Grand Island Rural Fire Department.

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