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Brewster elevator damaged in explosion

Wed 6-12-2019

Multiple agencies responded to an explosion at the New Vision Cooperative Elevator in Brewster around 5:40pm yesterday. 

The explosion took place as firefighters remained on the scene of a fire in one of the grain silos on the New Vision site. The fire had been reported Monday morning.

Firefighters from Brewster and several other area towns had been on scene around the clock since then, spraying water into the concrete structure and working to remove smoldering corn. Brewster Fire Chief John Garmer said there was a lot of smoke but no visible flames when they initially responded to the call.

One firefighter was reportedly injured and transported to Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

The Worthington, Heron Lake, Okabena and Round Lake fire departments, and Fulda and Wilmont firefighters responded early Tuesday evening to provide manpower and additional water.

The bin contained just 20% of its 75,000-bushel capacity.  An estimated 10,000 bushels of the burning corn had been removed from the concrete structure as of Tuesday afternoon.

It is not known yet how the fire started.