'Corn cob mountain' catches fire

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(WIBW/KCLY)-- Nobody is reported injured after a massive pile of processed corn cobs caught fire in Washington County on Sunday.

KCLY Radio is reporting that a 17,000 ton pile of processed corn cobs, used to create feed and oil for industry, caught fire at Fairview Mills that was first reported around 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

Officials are unsure what caused the blaze, but suspect what the locals call "Mount Cob" was set on fire by a lightning strike.

Crews from seven different fire departments battled the blaze, including aerial ladder trucks from Fairbury Nebraska and Clay Center.
At one point, crews had to direct traffic on nearby highway 36 because the smoke was so thick.