‘One of the worst fires:’ 14 crews help put out Indiana blaze

Video shows large flames and smoke all the way from U.S. 50
Fire investigation at grain processing plant in Dillsboro
Published: Dec. 15, 2022 at 5:41 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2022 at 11:35 AM EST
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DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. (WXIX) - Fire broke out at a southeastern Indiana grain processing plant Thursday where more than a dozen crews had to work through the night to put it out.

Dillsboro Fire Chief Lt. Kevin Turner says 14 fire departments were dispatched to Laughery Valley Co-Op around 4:35 p.m. after firefighters tried to put out flames and smoke in one of the buildings.

Additional water had to be transferred in from another community because there was not enough immediate water near the scene.

The fire was largely extinguished around 6:45 p.m. but crews remained on the scene putting out hot spots.

Crews described it as one of the worst fires in recent memory.

Inside one of the buildings was a large propane tank and farm equipment.

Turner says crews were able to keep the fire away from the propane.

Police officers from three different departments were sent to help with traffic on U.S. 50. The highway was shut down for several hours due to the blaze but has since reopened.

While the fire department is unable to provide a damage estimate at this time, the fire chief says the buildings were destroyed.

Employees who were inside the building when the fire ignited made it out safely.

The fire is still under investigation.

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