Firefighters battle blaze at 60-foot silo

November 08, 1994

A 60-foot-tall silo loaded with 100 tons of silage caught fire on the Union Bridge farm of Steve and Dennis Bowman about 11 a.m. yesterday.

Firefighters from Union Bridge, New Windsor, Taneytown, Harney and Woodsboro of Frederick County were dispatched to the fire in the 100 block of Union Bridge Road.

The silage is used to feed 80 heifers, Steve Bowman said.

Firefighters initially tried to battle the blaze by climbing an aerial ladder and pouring water from the top. Firefighters then opened doors at various levels and tried to douse the fire by using a probe to pour water into the center of the silage.

A fire official said silo fires normally start from spontaneous combustion as heat is generated in silage that is too dry.

POLICE

* Union Bridge: A resident of the 300 block of Locust St. told state police someone threw a bottle through a front window of his house Thursday. He estimated the damage at $100.

FIRE

* New Windsor: New Windsor, Union Bridge, Westminster and Hampstead were dispatched to investigate the report of smoke in a building in the 1300 block of Old New Windsor Road at 3:59 p.m. yesterday. Units were out for 20 minutes.

* Taneytown: Taneytown responded to a woods fire on Carnival Drive at 8:31 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 20 minutes.

Taneytown responded to a woods fire in the 4300 block of Ruggles Road at 3:43 p.m. Sunday. Units were out an hour and 14 minutes.

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