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Two fires fought near each other in the Berne area

September 26, 2011

    Decatur firefighters were called out on Saturday to assist at a farm silo fire in southern Adams County and were sent this morning to a small blaze at the Bunge North America complex in the city.
    The Saturday fire, which was first dispatched to the Berne Fire Department, occurred at the Kent Werst farm, 2570 W. County Rd. 750 South. The Decatur department sent its aerial platform truck, which can be extended to more than 100 feet and was used to reach the top of the silo.
    City firefighters were dispatched at 9:06 a.m. and returned to the station at 12:59 p.m. Saturday.
    Berne Fire Chief Chief Bill Grimm reported today that silage in the silo caught fire.
    The silo fire occurred at the same time as a house fire one mile away on County Rd. 150 West brought Geneva firefighters to that scene from from approximately 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., according to Geneva Chief John Patch.
    The fire occurred at the Emanuel Schwartz home and was caused by a malfunction of a kerosene heater in the washing room. That room was destroyed and the house suffered smoke damage, but no one was injured, according to Patch.
    He added that, when the house fire was over, the Geneva department helped ferry water to the silo fire.
    Meanwhile, Decatur firefighters were sent to the to the Bunge plant at 2:17 a.m. today as a fire broke out in a piece of equipment in the refined oil area; it had been extinguished before the firefighters arrived.

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