We have covered a multitude of fires that have destroyed food processing facilities, including places such as hatcheries. We’ve even reported on a number of natural gas facility explosions. Now, another farm supply store that sells animal feed and fertilizer has burned down.
ABC 7 reports:
SHOREWOOD, Ill. (WLS) — A massive fire destroyed a farm supply store in Shorewood Tuesday morning. Officials said burning fertilizer released toxic fumes into the air over Will County.
The fire broke out at around 4:30 a.m. at the Tri-County Stockdale Company on Black Road. The farm supply store sells animal feed, as well as yard care and fertilizer.
A caller said they saw flames and smoke coming out of the front of the building. By the time the fire department arrived, the fire was through the roof and moving quickly.
“Burning fertilizer and pesticides is toxic and even if you don’t have respiratory issues to begin with, it’s still going to irritate your respiratory system,” Troy Fire Protection District Chief Andy Doyle. “You can have coughing, wheezing, burning eyes and we don’t want anybody to have to go through that. Plus the effects down the line for anybody who has asthma or anything like that is going to affect even worse, especially with how humid it is out here too. And that’s what affected the smoke, was the humidity was keeping it close to the ground.”
Shorewood police issued a shelter-in-place order for two miles north and northeast of the fire due to fumes from the fire. Authorities lifted the shelter-in-place order after about an hour.
“I could see the smoke going by just to the west of us,” Shorewood resident Bill Barney said. “I think the winds have shifted and now we can smell a little bit of the most that was left.”
Daylight revealed the devastation caused by the fire. In all, four of six buildings of the popular farm supply store were lost. Chickens and two exotic birds that were in the building were rescued by emergency personnel.
Nearby fire hydrants didn’t have enough water, so fire officials called in a tanker and extra crews from 15 different agencies to help.
The fire has been contained, though crews continued to put out hot spots Tuesday afternoon.
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“Our biggest concern now is the air quality because this building does store fertilizer and pesticides, so we have started monitoring the air,” Troy Fire Protection District Chief Andy Doyle. “We have put in a shelter in place for a two-mile radius north and northeast of this location because of the toxic smoke.”
Four buildings were destroyed, according to Chief Doyle.
The story had livestock, and while several chickens did escape, it was unknown how many of the livestock got out of the store.
There is no doubt in my mind that a lot of this is deliberate. Government is not warning of a food crisis, it’s planning and orchestrating it.
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