Firefighters respond to grain bin fire

The facility at 21050 U.S. Highway 136, owned by Western Grain Marketing, handles corn and loads it onto 110 car trains.

The Illinois State Police say that the grain bin fire near Adair, Illinois has been extinguished and U.S. Route 136 is now open for normal traffic.

Tuesday was the second day firefighters battled the fire inside the grain bin.

The fire started Monday afternoon at the bin located at the junction of U.S. Route 136 from the Illinois Route 41. The original call came in around 2:15 p.m. Monday.

Traffic was rerouted due to the potential hazard of a grain dust explosion.

No evacuation order was issued for the town of Adair, but the risk of explosion caused the ISP to evacuate four to five homes in the area, Illinois State Police spokesman trooper Dan Hill said.

The facility at 21050 U.S. Highway 136, is owned by Western Grain Marketing. It handles corn and loads it onto 110 car trains and currently holds about 1.5 million bushels of corn. Fire officials are not sure how much corn was in the bin at the time of the fire.

Fire companies from various area departments were called in to assist in the effort to suppress the fire including New Salem, Bushnell, Emmet-Chalmers, Colchester, Industry, Table Grove and Macomb Fire Protection Districts. Crews transported water from multiple townships and dumped it into holding tanks for the pump trucks to extinguish the blaze.

Firefighters removed grain to allow better access to extinguish the fire. As of 1:30 p.m., 20 trucks were on standby, ready to take the grain away.

Adams County Emergency Management Agency used a camera mounted on a drone to view the bins Monday.