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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The oldest grain elevator in Canada has been destroyed by fire

The country's oldest grain elevator is destroyed by fire.

Key Takeaways:

  • Earlier this week, a grain elevator in Elva, Manitoba, which was claimed to be Canada’s oldest still-standing grain elevator, burned to the ground.
  • According to owner Troy Angus, the fire started during the cleanup process. Garbage was being burned in a controlled manner in a nearby slough.
  • Angus claims that an ember ascended into the air during the fire and landed within a football-sized hole in the elevator.

A grain elevator in Elva, Manitoba, which was thought to be Canada’s oldest still-standing grain elevator, burned to the ground earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the Lake of the Woods Milling Company elevator caught fire, which was erected in 1897. The Den Authentic Barnwood, which purchased the elevator, had been attempting to remove the wood from the building.

The fire erupted during the cleanup phase, according to owner Troy Angus. Crews were burning garbage in a neighboring slough in a controlled manner. The personnel stayed behind to verify that the controlled burn’s fire was extinguished once completed.

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“The wind had been blowing from the south all day and then switched directions on us in the last hour of the day,” Angus explained.

According to Angus, an ember rose into the air during the blaze and went inside a football-sized hole in the elevator.

He explained, “It lighted on contact.” “We saw everything happen, responded quickly, and realized the elevator had to come down straight now.”

“Within ten minutes, the elevator had been completely consumed and was on its way down.”

The country's oldest grain elevator is destroyed by fire.
The country’s oldest grain elevator is destroyed by fire. Image from CBC News

According to Angus, he and his colleagues deployed equipment to bring the burning elevator down and divert the fire away from surrounding power wires.

He stated that no one was hurt.

“It’s a bad thing since it wasn’t planned,” Angus explained. “The idea was to salvage the elevator, reclaim the wood, and save it from fire, which it was, ironically, on fire.”

Angus stated that a nearby United Grain Growers elevator, which his firm also owns, was unharmed and that his workers will endeavor to salvage the wood from that elevator.

“There’s no way around it; the project has to go on,” he remarked. “We only have one elevator, so we’ll have to collect a huge amount of wood to compensate for what we’ve lost.”

Source: CTV News

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