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Galesburg Fire Department Sends Support Out to Grain Bin Fire

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 301

A fire that started yesterday afternoon in Macomb is still causing problems for area fire departments.
The Macomb fire department responded to a report of a fire at a large grain storage bin near the intersection of Illinois Route 136 and Illinois Route 41 in McDonough County.
According to Illinois State Police once on scene fire crews identified the fire was inside a 1-million bushel capacity grain storage bin containing 700-thousand bushels of dried corn.
Fire officials decided it would be better to extract the grain in order to allow for better access to the fire.
Due to the severity of the fire and hazard of a grain dust explosion during removal, five members of the Galesburg Technical Rescue Team have been sent to the scene.
According to Galesburg Fire Officials the five members of T-R-T arrived around ten this morning and are on stand-by in case of an explosion or any sort of collapse during grain extraction.
At this time traffic is being re-routed and Illinois Route 136 from the Illinois Route 41 junction to Adair has been closed.