WI Grain Elevator Blaze

Monday, December 24, 2018 @ 10:12 AM gHale

Flames fire out from the remains of the Globe Elevators as they collapse after catching fire in Superior, WI.
Source: Duluth News Tribune

There was a large grain elevator fire at the former Globe Elevator about a mile north of downtown Superior, WI.

Although it closed in 1988, at least one company has been salvaging century-old white pine wood for resale, said Adele Yorde, Duluth Seaway Port Authority spokesperson.

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The elevator is a large historic wooden structure that will continue to burn, Superior Mayor Jim Paine said on a Facebook post.

Paine added no one was injured and he doesn’t expect damage to extend beyond the structure and surrounding equipment.

“Battalion Chief Scott Gordon tells me that this is the best-case scenario — a very hot fire burns out quickly,” Paine added. “The only loss is equipment and an abandoned, unusable structure.”

The blaze would take several days to put out.

Of the estimated $10 million worth of wood reclamation equipment on site, only a Bobcat was saved. Gordon said $450,000 worth of wood already sold was destroyed.



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