Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 24, 2012

Vermont Feed & Grain elevator burns

Cause of blaze remains under investigation

By Mike Fletcher
Tribune staff writer

— Flames destroyed a 100-year-old grain elevator at Vermont Feed & Grain early Friday on County Road 500 East, between 100 North and 200 North.

The 2:45 a.m. blaze kept firefighters from several agencies busy most of the day, said Chief Tom Hendricks of the Greentown Fire Department.

“The elevator was gone by the time it was called in,” he said.

Deputy Steve Kline of the Howard County Sheriff Department said he was at the sheriff department when he heard dispatchers say they had multiple 911 calls reporting the fire.

“When I got to Markland Avenue and U.S. 31, you could see a large glow in the sky,” Kline said. “As I got closer I could see the flames.”

No injuries were reported, and the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Fire crews from Taylor Township, Galveston, Converse and Amboy, as well as the Howard County Emergency Management Agency, assisted Greentown at the scene.

Fire crews were still on scene at 1:30 p.m.

Weldon Mast, owner of Vermont Feed & Grain, said he is still open for business and the fire was contained to the old wood-frame elevator. He had no further comment.