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12/31/2017

BEEMER COMPANIES, WHO FIXED WATER MAIN BREAKS IN SHERBURN AND NORTHROP CHRISTMAS DAY, RETURNED TO NORTHROP SUNDAY TO TEAR DOWN THE BURNED OUT NORTHROP ELEVATOR. AFTER TWO DAYS OF FIGHTING A PERSISTENT FIRE IN THE STRUCTURE DEMOLITION BEGAN TO GET AT THE SOURCE AND REMOVE SMOLDERING DEBRIS TO A FIELD JUST WEST OF THE ELEVATOR SITE. THAT JOB WAS COMPLETE AT 6:30 SUNDAY NIGHT, ACCORDING TO L B PORK,OWNERS OF THE ELEVATOR.

FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS WERE FIRST DISPATCHED JUST BEFORE NOON ON THURSDAY WHEN AN EXPLOSION BLEW THE ROOF OFF THE STRUCTURE BUT NO LARGE FIRE OCCURRED. THE FIRE IGNITED AND WAS REPORTED AROUND 5 AM FRIDAY MORNING AND FIREFIGHTERS WERE DISPATCHED AGAIN BUT THIS TIME MORE THAN 40 FIRE AGENCIES BECAME INVOLVED IN HAULING WATER TO THE SITE AS FIREFIGHTERS WORKED IN SHIFTS TO TRY AND KNOCK DOWN THE BLAZE WHICH CONTINUED INTO SUNDAY MORNING. MANY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS DONATED ITEMS NEEDED TO SUSTAIN THE FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS ON SCENE.


ROD HALVORSEN
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