Firefighters at the scene of a grain silo fire at the Riverina Stockfeed.
Firefighters at the scene of a grain silo fire at the Riverina Stockfeed.

NSW firies extinguish silo blaze

UPDATE 2pm: Firefighters have extinguished one of three fire sources at the Riverina Stockfeeds Mill.

Emergency services descended on the Casino-based mill after a employee spotted smoke issuing from one of the silos just after 8am.

About 20 employees were evacuated and the mill was shutdown.

Firefighters found there were three fire sources at the mill, including one on a conveyor belt, in a grain hopper and amongst stockfeed that was smouldering in a silo.

At 2pm, NSW Fire and Rescue Northern Rivers duty commander Inspector Jeff Roche said fire fighters had managed to extinguish the fire in the grain hopper.

"Firefighters are currently using holes in the conveyor system and putting hoses in there and squirting water though," he said.

Mr Roche said he was not particularly concerned with the smouldering in the silo, which contained about two tonne of chicken stock feed.

A majority of the 40 firefighters are expected to be on scene for a few more hours and the mill will be closed until the area is rendered completely safe.
 

9.30am: FIREFIGHTERS are on scene at a mill in Casino after smoke began issuing from a grain silo this morning.

A NSW Fire and Rescue spokesman said fire crews were called to the Riverina Stockfeed at about 8.20am after a fire ignited in one of the grain hoppers.

Smoke was seen issuing from one of the silos, the spokesman said.

Twenty employees have been evacuated from the Reynolds Road mill.

It's understood the fire started in a silo containing one and a half tonne of chicken pellet feed.

The situation is extremely volatile as there is the possibility of a dust explosion.

NSW Fire and Rescue crews are in control of the hazard incident and crews from Casino and Lismore are on scene.

Rural Fire Service crews from Sextonville and Bentley are also on scene to assist NSW Fire and Rescue.

NSW Ambulance and police are also at the mill.

In 2007, sparks from a welder's torch set grain inside a 700 tonne silo smoking at the Riverina Stockfeed.



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