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5,000 bushels of corn destroyed in grain bin fire
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5,000 bushels of corn destroyed in grain bin fire

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OVERTON — A fire in a grain bin three miles east of Overton destroyed an estimated 5,000 bushels of corn Sunday afternoon.

At 2 p.m., the Overton Volunteer Fire Department was called to a fire at Brenan Farms and Livestock at 44737 Highway 30. One of the propane dryers being used in the bins malfunctioned and started the blaze. The Elm Creek Volunteer Fire Department also was on the scene for mutual aid.

The fire was put out in an hour once firefighters salvaged as much of the corn as they could, OVFD Fire Chief Chad Batie said. More than 15,000 bushels were in the bin at the time of the fire.

Overton and Elm Creek were on the scene until about midnight, and the bin was still smoking early this morning.

Batie said the grain bin was “pretty well destroyed” and would be a total loss.

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