Grain Silo Fire Leads To Some Evacuations

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HILLSBORO (June 27, 2014) Hillsboro residents who were evacuated from after a fire broke out in a grain silo were back in their homes Friday.

The fire broke out at around 9:40 p.m. Thursday in a silo at the Apex Grain Co., on South Waco Street in Hillsboro.

A resident called 911 after seeing smoke.

Firefighters ordered residents in the area to evacuate because of the explosive nature of grain dust.

The evacuees were sent to the old Civic Center parking lot to wait until the danger had passed about two hours later.

Emergency management officials also put a no-fly zone in place and halted all railroad traffic through town.

Firefighters from Whitney, Itasca and Bynum were called to assist Hillsboro crews.

Investigators determined an overheated fan motor bearing caused a conveyor belt to catch fire.