Hereford Grain Elevator Continues to Burn

HEREFORD - It's been nearly 24 hours but a fire in the Hereford Grain Elevator continues to burn.

The fire started early this morning around five.

The Hereford Grain Elevator is located in the heart of the entrance to the city on Highway 60 near the 25-mile road.

When crews arrived, they determined the fire was in the top of the elevator, which as of now we're told is inaccessible. 

Pop's Backyard Barbecue has been in the Hereford community for several years and near this grain elevator as well.

"We've been here for eight years and there's never been a problem with it before that. I don't think it's a common event by any means," said Larry Malamen, Pop's Backyard Barbecue Owner.

But this morning, smoke was the talk of the town and it wasn't coming from the restaurant.  

People and businesses within a thousand foot radius of the grain elevator were evacuated.

"About 6:30 we got a knock at the door from an officer and he warned us that the grain elevator was on fire and could possibly explode so we needed to gather our stuff and head far north he said," said Voice of Ashley Marquez, Evacuee.

But the barbecue joint wasn't one of them. 

"We're West of 385 and none of that area was evacuated. Just across the street, they were. The Stripes store right next door was evacuated along with several businesses in that area," said Malamen.

Several streets had to close as a precautionary measure.  Highway 60 from Park Avenue to Highway 385 and the intersection of Jackson and 2nd Street. But streets weren't the only mode of transportation affected due to the fire in the grain elevator. 

"It's my understanding that 30 trains a day go through Hereford. Either going East or going West, it maybe more than that I don't know, I don't have any official figures. But somebody just commented today that over 30 trains a day and they've all been stopped," said Malamen.

As of now, city officials say the cause of the fire is still unknown.

We're told several agencies are involved in this incident, including the Hereford Fire Department, Hereford Police Department, Texas Department of Transportation, BNSF Railway, and the City of Hereford.

A city official says there were no injuries due to the fire.

As of now, fire officials are saying they are just letting the fire in the grain elevator to burn out.


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