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Hazmat responds to bin

By Staff | Mar 8, 2017

The collapse of a 90,000-bushel grain bin on March 1 caused the town of Breda to lose power for several hours .

BREDA – Corn that spilled out of a collapsed 90,000 bushel grain bin shut off power on March 1 forced the closure of a major road and ruptured a 2,000-gallon propane tank in Breda, according to Capt. Steve Hergenreter, of the Fort Dodge Fire Department.

No injuries were reported.

The Region V Hazardous Materials Response Team, part of the Fort Dodge Fire Department, responded to the emergency Wednesday morning at Breda Feed and Grain Inc., 104 Maple St. in Breda.

The collapsed bin destroyed four other bins and another building on the property, Hergenreter said.

The corn spread across the road and caused Carroll County Road E16 to close for about seven hours.

Fort Dodge firefighters work to flare off propane from a damaged tank at Breda Feed and Grain Inc. in Breda

Utility poles and transformers were also damaged by the flood of corn, causing the town to lose power.

Power has since been restored to the area, according to Hergenreter.

The ruptured propane tank caused propane vapors to blow across the road, Hergenreter said.

Six members of the Hazmat team arrived on scene at about 8 a.m., according to Hergenreter.

Once on scene, Fort Dodge firefighters worked to flare off the propane tank.

“We had to hook up a flare and burn off propane for about four hours to bring the pressure in the propane tank down to zero,” Hergenreter said. “We were able to replace the damaged valve.”

The Hazmat team returned to Fort Dodge at about 5 p.m.

Fort Dodge firefighters took part in a two-day PropaneIQ training course in November 2016 to prepare for these types of emergencies.

Firefighters were able to use a special kit to help with leak control and evacuation of propane vessels.

The kit, along with other equipment, was donated to the Fire Department by Valero Renewables and Jim Byson, of Byson Oil.

“If we didn’t have the specialized training and that equipment, the tank would have had to sit there and leak for a day or two and they would have had to keep that road closed,” Hergenreter said. “So it probably would have been a two-day incident if we weren’t able to go in there and offensively mitigate it.”

The Breda Volunteer Fire Department, Carroll County Emergency Medical Service, and Carroll County Sheriff’s Department were also on scene.

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