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Fire destroys historic Stonega grain elevator in Iowa

Despite the efforts of multiple fire departments, the fire, exacerbated by strong winds, resulted in the destruction of the facility.

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Jane Curtis reported for The Messenger on a large fire engulfed the Stonega grain elevator in the early hours of Sunday morning near Webster City, Iowa, resulting in significant losses. Despite efforts from multiple fire departments, the blaze, driven by strong winds, completely destroyed the structure.

The fire was first reported around 1:15 a.m. Sunday to Kamrar Fire department and was subsequently managed by Blairsburg Fire department. In total, around 15 fire departments responded to the emergency.

The fire resulted in the loss of 330,000 bushels of soybeans, a 1954 wooden elevator with all its components, and two additional bins. A newer structure built three years ago survived but requires inspection due to the intense heat from the neighboring fire.

The incident also affected the nearby Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad tracks, with workers conducting repairs on Sunday afternoon. The line was expected to be reopened by the end of the day.

Stonega, a part of the United Cooperative since 1977, has a rich history dating back to its origins in 1912 as the Stonega Home Elevator Company, serving as a significant rail stop for stock and grain.

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