Just after 11 am, QFD Engine 574 and Tanker 57 responded to a local grain handling facility on Dry Wells Road in Eden Township for a pile of hot grain in a storage barn. Units arrived to find a significant heat build up in two piles of cracked corn used for animal feed. One line was stretched and charged while some of the pile was moved and spread out. Fortunately, their was no fire or burned material located.
In rural areas, this is one of the things our volunteers are trained to handle. Every year we respond to calls for hot hay or other organic materials. Hay can reach temperatures where it will ignite, and grain that is on fire can cause a dust “flash fire” or explosion when being moved. This incident was most likely caused by some moisture that got into the corn during processing.