HARROLD, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire in tunnels under Harrold Terminal Saturday left damage to a portion of the grain handling facility. Treg Cowan, Chief of the Harrold Fire Department says crews were told that smoke was coming from underground tunnels near the facility’s large grain bins about 8:00 a.m. Saturday. Cowan says a series of conveyor belts run through the tunnels and the conveyor system is used to transport grain up through vertical legs to be loaded into train cars or into bins. Firefighters worked Saturday to determine the source of the smoke and fire inside the tunnels. Cowan says a thermal imaging camera was used to look inside the smokey tunnels and water and foam was sprayed onto hot spots through openings that are used to access the tunnels. A smoldering conveyor belt was removed after the smoke was thinned out. Cowan says its unknown what caused the fire. He says the conveyor system had been used on Friday, but had been shut down overnight. The Highmore Fire Department was called to assist Harrold crews and firefighters remained at the site until about 1:00 p.m. Saturday. Cowan says the extent of damage to the conveyor system is unknown at this time.
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