A Sunday morning fire at a corn production facility along Highway 36 in Washington County caused significant damage to a nearly 100-foot-tall corn cob pile. Crews had to dig into the nearly 20,000-ton pile to control the fire.
According to Joe Kramer, who is the operations officer for Fairview Mills, of Seneca, which owns the corn production facility, fire department officials think the fire may have been started by a lightning strike a week or two ago and has been smoldering since.
The corn cobs, which were hauled last fall from York, Neb., to the production site located three miles west of Washington, are processed into products for the oil and feed industry.
Kramer said the production building was not damaged in the fire, and production resumed on Tuesday.
“We will just sort off the affected cobs and keep the good ones,” he said, adding that damage estimates were not yet known.