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12/30/2017

CREWS WERE STILL ON DUTY AFTER A FLARE UP TURNED INTO A MAJOR FIRE AT THE ELEVATOR SITE WHERE THE EXPLOSION ROCKED THE TOWN OF NORTHROP ON THURSDAY. NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED AT THIS TIME. LAW ENFORCEMENT IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE AREA FOR RESPONDER AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

NORTHROP,FAIRMONT AND TRUMAN FIREFIGHTERS WERE DISPATCHED FIRST TO THE SCENE . DUE TO COLD WEATHER AND ACCESS TO WATER MULTIPLE OTHER AGENCIES ARE ASSISTING WITH MUTUAL AID INCLUDING NORTHROP CITY CREWS,GRANADA.WELCOME,TRIMONT,CEYLON ,DUNNELL, SHERBURN,ORMSBY,BLUE EARTH,WINNEBAGO,AMBOY,ODIN,ST.JAMES,MADELIA,JACKSON,ALPHA, LAKE CRYSTAL, VERNON CENTER, ELMORE,EASTON,DELAVAN,WELLS,GOOD THUNDER FIRE DEPARTMENTS. NEW ULM AND MANKATO TRUCKS WERE ADDED TO THE MIX FRIDAY

GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE, GRANADA FIRST RESPONDERS, SOUTH CENTRAL E M S, MINNESOTA STATE PATROL,MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION,MARTIN COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT AND FAIRMONT CITY CREWS ALSO AIDED THE CAUSE IN NORTHROP FOR A TOTAL NUMBER OF AGENCIES INVOLVED AT AROUND 40.

THE STRUCTURE IS BEING TORN DOWN TO GET AT THE HOT SPOT TO PREVENT ANYMORE FLAREUPS.

THE CAUSE OF THE EXPLOSION AND FIRE ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL'S OFFICE WITH A CAUSE NOT LIKELY TO BE KNOWN UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT WEEK.





ROD HALVORSEN
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