Elevator explosion followed by fire
Photo by Brooke Wohlrabe The Sentinel, Fairmont
The day after an explosion tore the top off a grain elevator in Northrop, a fire broke out at the elevator about 5 a.m. Friday. Nearly 30 different fire, ambulance and police crews responded to the emergency, including the New Ulm Fire Department, which sent its aerial ladder truck and four crew members to assist. The Courtland Fire Department, St. James and other departments in the area also responded. The fire came one day after an explosion blew the top off the elevator, with debris damaging several nearby homes, businesses and vehicles. The blast came at about 11:55 a.m. Thursday, and three elevator employees were evaluated at the scene for possible injuries. Northrop is about seven miles north of Fairmont.