Fire Destroys Grain Dryer in Mayville


A fire Thursday morning in Mayville has totaled a grain dryer at the east plant of May-Port Farmers Grain, along Highway 200 east of Mayville.

According to Mayville Fire Chief Lee Brenna, the call came in to firefighters at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, and a total of 18 firefighters from both the Mayville Fire Department and nearby Portland Fire Department responded to the blaze, which was fought for approximately four hours. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Brenna tells WZFG News that the fire started towards the top of the fire, and by the time firefighters were on scene, the top three-quarters of the dryer was fully engulfed. The dryer was full of soybeans.

Brenna says there is so much wet product, which causes the fires to happen.

Thursday's fire was the second dryer fire at the location in two years. The last dryer contained corn at the time of the fire.

In addition to the Mayville and Portland Fire Departments, West Traill Ambulance responded to the call.