SD Grain Elevator Fire Prompts Home Evacuations

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MILLER, S.D. (AP) – A grain elevator fire in the eastern South Dakota city of Miller prompted officials to close off roads and evacuate about 15 homes.
Authorities say the fire was reported at Miller Grain about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Homes downwind from the scene were evacuated as a precaution about 1:30 a.m. because of concerns about strong winds and possible toxic fumes from rodent control chemicals. The 40-50 residents were allowed to return home about 3:30 a.m. Thursday.
The fire was under control as of 8 a.m. but an estimated 2 million pounds of sunflowers destined to become bird seed were still smoldering.
The cause of the blaze was not immediately determined. No one was hurt but the elevator was destroyed.

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