Grain Elevator is still smoldering in AdaAda, MN (WDAY TV) -- Crews are still on the scene of a massive fire that left the Triple Crown grain elevator in Ada in a pile of smoldering rubble.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Ada, MN (WDAY TV) -- Crews are still on the scene of a massive fire that left the Triple Crown grain elevator in Ada in a pile of smoldering rubble.
It's one of the worst fires to hit the community. Nearly 24-hours after a devastating fire demolished Ada's grain elevator, deep beneath the ash and smoke, flames still burn.
Steve Petry/Ada Fire Chief: "We're spraying water on the hot spots, trying to cool that off, get that fire out."
Petry and his crew have been up all night after getting one of the worst calls to date.
Petry: "We got the page about six o'clock. I was one block away."
The town's old grain elevator..filled part way with oats..was up in flames.
Petry: "By the time we got everything set up, the fire was going real heavy and hot."
Fire crews say when they arrived it was too late to save the elevator, so they focused on keeping the flames on this side of the street, away from the row of small businesses
Darin Ramey/Nearby Insurance Agent: "I was kind of nervous about it, but the fire department did an awesome job. They saved this whole side of the street and it's just kind of amazing."
The only damage to Ramey's insurance office, a window crack from the heat, and some smoke damage.
And ice from all of the water, coating the slick streets surrounding him.
Ramey: "I've never had a major fire where you have to pick up and start all over again, but I'm glad I don't have to go through that."
But he says he feels for his friends across the road, who've lost nearly everything. And the fire crews still working to save what they can.
Ramey: Kind of a sense of emptiness. they're going to be going through that and trying to put things back together.
Petry: We have a couple days yet I would expect of smoke, steam, and some spot fires."
13 additional departments from surrounding communities helped out and a cause is still unknown.