Silo fire in Oxford

OXFORD – Firefighters from Brisben, McDonough, Norwich and Preston assisted Oxford command at the scene of a reported silo fire on North Washington Avenue in the Village late Thursday into early Friday morning.

The 60' x 24' concrete forage silo, which was approximately half full with haylage, was reported to county dispatch by Oxford Police shortly after 10 p.m.



Firefighters arrived within minutes and devised a defensive strategy to ensure that the structure wouldn't be compromised from heavy water thus creating a danger to firemen.

By cutting a vent hole in the top of the west side of the silo, firemen carefully displaced the heat within the structure with water.

“Silo temperature was 325º upon arrival, got it down to under 100º after dousing it with slow and steady amounts of water from the top with Norwichs' aerial,” said Oxford Fire Chief Hans Franklin.

Crews were on the scene until approximately 1:30 a.m., and no injuries or further damage to the property was reported.

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