Fire claims grain dryer; 12,000 bushels of corn lost in Dexter blaze

Published 10:49 am Thursday, October 15, 2015

A fire in rural Dexter Wednesday morning destroyed about 13 semi truck loads of corn, but the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Firefighters battle a grain dryer fire on the Tangren farm near Dexter.  -- Photo provided by Sheila Tangren

Firefighters battle a grain dryer fire on the Tangren farm near Dexter.
— Photo provided by Sheila Tangren

Deputies responded to a report of a grain dryer fire at about 6:20 a.m. at 70508 225th St. in Dexter on David Tangren’s property. The Grand Meadow Fire Department was extinguishing the fire when deputies arrived, yet the fire lasted all morning and afternoon.

“They [were called] at about 6:20 a.m., arrived about 6:30 a.m., didn’t leave here until about 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon,” Tangren said.

No one was injured, but about 10,000 to 12,000 bushels of corn were lost to the flames. Tangren said the corn dryer is also a complete loss.

This was the first grain dryer fire of the season, and there have been two combine fires, according to Sheriff Terese Amazi.