Kennedy elevator destroyed by fire

    Fire destroyed the Kennedy Farmers Elevator on Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
    Firefighters were dispatched to the elevator at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday. At least 12 fire departments responded to the scene.
    “I’m happy that we had such a good response,” said Kennedy Fire Chief Aaron Kirkeby. He noted that he called the other Minnesota and North Dakota volunteer fire departments on a whim. They responded with manpower and equipment. Kirkeby said it was a tragedy that the fire destroyed a historic building in good condition. However, he was amazed by the willingness of the other volunteer fire departments to help.
    Some firefighters were able to leave the scene starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday. The Kennedy Fire Department remained on the scene Wednesday and Thursday, monitoring the wreckage and making sure that the fire didn’t reignite.
    The elevator contained wheat and soybeans at the time of the fire. The majority of the product was wheat. Kirkeby said the product was valued at $500,000.
    The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Kirkeby said the fire started at the bottom of the elevator.