No injuries have been reported in a New Years Eve building fire in Grant County,
but it destroyed a building that was more than 70 year old and home to one of the biggest businesses in the small rural community of Elgin.
“Oh, really high. We have seen them (flames) from three or four blocks away,” said Donna Scott. Elgin resident.
About 31 fighters from multiple areas responded to one the largest building fires ever seen in Elgin at the Dakota Farm Equipment building
“Here you have to protect the rest of the buildings, and its cold. It’s 33 below,” said Allen Hummel, Fire Chief for the Elgin Fire Protection District.
MIke Ballard, co – owner of Dakota Farm Equipment said that he is appreciative of the work the firefighters did to protect the surrounding community.
“To be able to contain the fire, so it didn’t spread to any other buildings in the community, it was great”.
The Dakota Farm Equipment building has been ruled to be a complete loss, and for now the City Of Elgin is letting the company use empty office spaces in town for the day to day operations.
“It was probably the third or fourth largest employer in our town. It probably has a hundred mile radius of farmers that rely on them for their parts, equipment, and everything else,” said Ron Bartz, Mayor for the City of Elgin.
Ballard said despite the setback the company has no plans on leaving Elgin.
“Our ultimate goal here is that we plan on to rebuild”.
The company employs about 15 local people who are already back to work, and most of all, they are safe and healthy
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and it is being inspected by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.