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Fire rekindles at Coshocton Grain Co.

| August 14, 2014

COSHOCTON – It is believed that debris from yesterday’s explosion at the Coshocton Grain Co. started smoldering today and caused flames and black smoke to roll from the top of a second grain bin.

Firefighters from the Coshocton Fire Department used their ladder truck to keep the situation under control.

Rob McMasters, director of the Coshocton County Emergency Management Agency said there was currently no fear of a second explosion. He also noted that everyone did get out of the area of the explosion yesterday. One person was flown to the Ohio State University Medical Center, five were taken to Coshocton Hospital and one was treated on the scene.

“Corn and grain dust is very flammable,” McMasters said. “Somewhere in the unloading process yesterday there was a spark and it ignited the dust.”

According to the Grain Co. website, it is currently not unloading trucks at the Coshocton facility and is suspending its new crop bids for corn and beans to Coshocton. Company officials are looking into the clean up process and evaluating the extent of the damage to determine how long it will take to get up and running again.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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