GILBERT, Iowa – Firefighters spent Wednesday night on the scene of a fire that destroyed a grain bin in Gilbert.
Crews responded to Key Cooperative in the 200 block of Main Street shortly after 4 p.m.
Several fire departments from the surrounding area reportedly responded to the scene and many of them brought tanker trucks because of a lack of water pressure at the scene. 1,000 gallons of water per minute was being used even though Gilbert’s water tower only holds 70,000 gallons.
Dispatchers reported seeing flames shooting up to 50 feet in the air from the roof of the building.
“The grain itself isn’t really on fire right now, I think the wood structure inside is still burning, but with the reach that’s available with aerial support it’s still hard to get to all the points,” said Gilbert Fire Chief John Berg. “We’re going to have to standby and monitor it overnight.”
The nearby Union Pacific Railroad tracks were also shut down as a safety precaution.
No injuries were reported.