Fire Put Out at Grain Facility in Knowlesville

Firefighters check up high to make sure a fire at a grain leg in a facility owned by Panek Farms in Knowlesville hasn’t spread.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at about 3:30 this morning. There was a fire at the base of the grain leg, said Ridgeway Fire Chief Tyler Luckman.

The fire was contained to that area. Albion firefighters brought a ladder truck to make sure the fire hadn’t spread up higher.

The grain facility on Route 31 is across the road from the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds. The grain bins and legs are currently empty, which made it easier to keep the fire confined to a small area, said Justin Niederhofer, the Orleans County emergency management director.

A belt that carries grain to the top of the facility was on fire, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A contractor was on site welding and cutting on Wednesday. A fire investigator wants to check with that contractor as part of the investigation into the fire.