Madison County Farm Supply's feed storage building suffered major damage Sept. 25 as a fire broke out in a grain elevator.
The Fredericktown Fire Department responded to the call at 9:08 a.m. for a fire at 320 N. Mine La Motte in Fredericktown. The call reported smoke coming from the feed storage building across the street from the farm store.
According to Fredericktown Fire Chief John Clark, the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and the state fire marshal's office is currently investigating.
Clark said the structure was believed to be constructed in 1952 from oak lumber which was then topped with two layers of sheet iron making it difficult to gain access to the burning grain.
"The grain elevators will be a total loss," Clark said. "The whole upper part of the structure was old wood from 1952 on the inside and we couldn't get to it, so everything was in there smoldering causing large amounts of smoke."
Clark said one firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion on the scene but will be okay, and no other injuries were reported.
Part of Main St. and N. Mine La Motte Ave. remained closed for several hours as the crews battled the fire.
Clark said the fire was extinguished at about 2:30 p.m.
Crews from Marquand, Cherokee Pass and Farmington Fire Departments came to assist Fredericktown Fire Department. Fredericktown Police Department, Madison County Sheriff's Department and Madison County EMS were also on the scene.
According to Madison County Farm Supply's Facebook page the business had recently installed another feed mixer and bagging line into one of its other buildings. With a few minor modifications, they stated they were able to continue bagging the majority of their feeds.
In their Facebook post Madison County Farm Supply assured the community that they will still be able to produce most of the high quality feeds that they always have and thanked the community for their continued business, patience, support and prayers.
Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at email@example.com