Lincoln Fire and Rescue work to prevent grain bin explosion

Posted by: Kelsey Murphy

Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews were called to the area of 33rd and Cornhusker for a strange smell coming from silo bins just before 11 a.m. Monday.

Shortly after crews arrived, they confirmed a small fire smoldering inside the bin.

The call was then upgraded to a full rescue, officials calling in more than 2 dozen Fire and Rescue responders, and a total of 5 fire trucks and engines were on the scene.

Officials are working to empty thousands of pounds of grain through a small opening.

Officials say it’s a slow process, but it if done faster it could be dangerous.

"The main concern is to control that fire that is up inside the silo so it does not get any bigger, and also not to get it to spread is always a concern. Also, with a facility such as this a small grain explosion is a concern," says Battalion chief Leo Benes, Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

Officials are confident in the unloading technique; they are working close with Interstate Commodities, the business who owns the bins.

Officials say, as of 5 p.m. an explosion is not an immediate concern; they are not evacuating the area, but monitoring it closely.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue expect several more hours of unloading before the grain bin can be cleared.

A grain investigator with the State Department of Agriculture is working to determine how much grain was lost in the fire.

LFR did say they believe the cause of the fire is high humidity inside the bin.

This is a developing story; we will bring you more information as it becomes available.