Seven Departments Fight Fire in Edinburg, ND

Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens, on scene, tells KFGO News, mulitiple warehouses are burning in the blaze that was reported shorly after 4 this morning.

EDINBURG, ND (KFGO) – Fire departments from seven northeastern North Dakota communities battled fires throughout Friday morning which destroyed destroyed nearly a half dozen large potato warehouses in the small community of Edinburg, northwest of Grafton.

Firefighters responded to the call shortly after 4 a.m. and found one warehouse on fire. Fanned by strong winds, the flames spread to potato houses nearby. Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens says it was a losing battle trying to contain the fires. He says fire departments and farmers hauled in water as the town has no water tower or hydrants. Some residents were temporarily evacuated.

The sheriff says the warehouses were mostly empty as the owner had just moved storage operations to nearby Hoople. A deputy state fire marshal was on scene but a cause has not been determined.

(EARLY UPDATE)

Edinburg,ND (KFGO) – Fire departments from Edinburg, Hoople, Park River, Adams, and the Cavalier Air Force Station are battling to contain fire that is burning potato warehouses in Edinburg. Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens, on scene, tells KFGO News, mulitiple warehouses are burning in the blaze that was reported shorly after 4 this morning.  North winds gusting over 30 mph are hampering their efforts. Crews are also working to protect large propane and fuel tanks in the area. Jurgens says it’s hard to determine the number of warehouses involved, because of smoke, but several have been destroyed and others are on fire. The structures are owned by J.G. Hall and Sons, one of the largest potato producers in the Red River Valley and a major employer in the Edinburg area.

(ORGINAL STORY)

EDINBURG, N.D. (KFGO) – Fire departments from Edinburg and Park River are battling a major fire in Edinburg, North Dakota this morning.

Edinburg is about 30 miles northwest of Grafton.

An eyewitness says two large potato warehouses, owned by J.G. Hall and Sons, along Highway 32 are in flames. The fire was reported shortly after 4 this morning.

Fire crews are also dealing with cold and high winds, which is blow ash and embers across the area. Traffic is detoured off the highway, away from the fire.

 

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