The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Not your average fire call

Royal chief describes elevator fire battle


September 3, 2020


First responders and other onlookers take in the scene near the grain elevator explosion in Royal on Aug. 25.

Royal firefighters didn't have a hard time figuring out where the problem was Aug. 25 when they responded to a call about an explosion at Ag Partners.

A gaping hole at the top of the cement structure was clearly visible and black smoke could be seen billowing northwards from miles away. A daunting task no doubt, but the firemen's training kicked in right away.

"We called for mutual aid with surrounding departments for water and man power. We also called in a structural engineer," said Royal Fire Chief Matt Goyette. "Homes and businesses were evacuated. We used a defensive attack, just tryin...

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