Fire burns Odessa grain elevator, wheat

ODESSA — Fire destroyed a grain elevator at Odessa and damaged the wheat, barley and canola stored inside.

Odessa Fire Chief Don Strebeck estimated damage to the Odessa Union Warehouse Cooperative at more than $500,000.

He said it was about a quarter full with 15,000 bushels of grain, worth about $120,000. After the damaged grain is scraped away, the remaining grain may be salvaged as animal feed.

Strebeck said the fire broke out at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and destroyed the tall silo and an attached older wooden building. No evacuations were necessary. Fire hoses stretched across railroad tracks briefly blocked a train.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Strebeck said it’s not suspicious.

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