3 months, 4 weeks ago by Scott Hardy
Had been burning since Monday
The Illinois State Police say that the grain bin fire near Adair, Illinois in eastern McDonough County has been put out, and U.S. Route 136 is now open for normal traffic.
The road had been closed since Monday, with traffic rerouted due to the potential hazard of a grain dust explosion.
No evacuation order had been issued for the town of Adair. But the Illinois State Police did ask several rural residents to evacuate their homes.
The fire started Monday afternoon at the bin, located at the junction of Illinois Routes 136 and Route 41.
The facility is owned by Western Grain Marketing. It can hold up to 1.5 million bushels of corn. Fire officials weren't sure how much corn was in the bin, but crews removed grain from the bin, so that firefighters from seven area departments, including New Salem, Bushnell, Emmet-Chalmers, Colchester, Industry, Table Grove and Macomb Fire Protection Districts could put out that fire. Crews transported water from multiple townships and dumped it into holding tanks for the pump trucks to extinguish the blaze.