Firefighters battle stubborn silo fires

November 15, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Firefighting equipment was sent back for the fourth time to one stubborn silo fire and for the second time to another silo fire when they reignited over the weekend.

Engines from New Windsor, Union Bridge and Westminster responded to the fire at the Rauland Roop farm in the 4200 block of Sams Creek Road on Sunday afternoon.

Smoke was seen rising from the top of the 80-foot silo at 2:54 p.m. Firefighters remained at the scene for 4 1/2 hours.

A spokesman said the blaze was easy to find because it had burned through the wooden door at the ninth level, but was difficult to extinguish.

The fire was first discovered about 4:40 p.m. Oct. 11, when firefighters battled it for 2 1/2 hours.

Units returned to the silo at 8:15 a.m. the next day and remained there for more than six hours.

Officials said the fire apparently started at the ninth-door level of the 21-door silo, which contained a blend of about 1.6 million pounds of alfalfa and rye hay, used to feed a 160-head dairy herd.

On Oct. 28, farm workers arriving to milk the cattle at 2:49 a.m. discovered the fire had reignited.

Firefighters were called again and spent more than four hours at the site.

About 10:30 a.m. Saturday, firefighters from Union Bridge, Taneytown, New Windsor and Harney returned to a fire in the 100 block of Union Bridge Road, inside a 60-foot-tall silo loaded with silage.

That silo blaze was first discovered at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 on the farm operated by Steve and Dennis Bowman.

Fire volunteers remained at the scene for four hours each time.

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