By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Firefighters called to a burning grain elevator in Wichita have been working to lower the temperature inside the silo that caught fire.

Fire Capt. Brad Crisp told The Wichita Eagle that the temperature had dropped from 500 degrees Tuesday morning to about 200 degrees around noon.

Firefighters used unmanned systems to spray water on the fire.

The 80-foot-tall grain silo caught fire shortly after 8 a.m. at the plant of Horizon Milling, a Cargill Foods affiliate, north of downtown Wichita.

Crisp said the silo was holding flour and that caked resin on the side of the walls caught fire.

KAKE-TV reported that the 110 employees removed from the business in case of an explosion were being allowed to return around 1:45 p.m.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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