Evacuation order lifted following grain elevator fire in Clinton, MN
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) -
The Big Stone County Sheriff’s Office says an evacuation order has been lifted in Clinton, Minnesota, following a grain elevator fire Sunday.
Fire crews are expected to remain on the scene overnight and Monday morning.
The Big Stone County 911 center received a report of smoke coming from an upper grain tower at the elevator just before 11:00 Sunday morning.
The Clinton Fire Department was dispatched and mutual aid was immediately requested. The elevator office and grain towers became fully engulfed in flames.
Officials evacuated a three-block area around the elevator. That order was lifted Sunday night, but the sheriff’s office still urges residents who may have breathing or health issues to take appropriate steps to ensure their safety.
Highway 75 is closed to thru traffic because crews were pumping water from Lake Eli, which sits across the highway from the elevator and to the north. Detours will be in effect overnight and be re-evaluated in the morning.
Fire crews hauled water to the area using tanker trucks. They were also assisted by area farmers, businesses, and Big Stone County highway workers.
People in Clinton are being asked to conserve water as fire operations continue.
The Red Cross is on the scene to help people find a place to stay if necessary.
Representatives from the City of Clinton will be reaching out to those who live near the fire to determine their needs.
Evacuations have been ordered in Clinton, Minnesota, following a grain elevator fire.
Clinton is located near Big Stone Lake and is located in Big Stone County. It’s a town of fewer than 500 people.
Dakota News Now has reached out to the sheriff’s office but have not been able to speak to anyone.
According to a post on the City of Clinton’s Facebook page, the sheriff has requested people stay away from the area around the elevator.
The sheriff’s office has told everyone living within three blocks of the fire to evacuate immediately.
All roads around Clinton are closed, including Highway 75.
Officials are asking city residents to not use any water until further notice.
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