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Danger alluded, silo fire out

September 28, 2006

Thomasville-  A dangerous silo fire that burned for nearly six days is finally out. 

A spark ignited dried wood chips inside this silo at Balfour Lumber Company in Thomasville a week ago Thursday. More than 50 workers had to be sent home and work at the lumber yard had been suspended. It was too dangerous to open the silo to extinguish the fire that burned deep inside, but patience eventually prevailed. 

"We spent about five days with an inch and a half water line on the fire continuously. It smoked the entire time we were trying to put it out until last night. It finally quit smoking," said Bryant Beadles, Balfour Lumber Co. President. 

Crews removed the charred wood Thursday. Crews are now busy reconnecting the silo's equipment. Balfour Lumber expects to resume full production Friday.

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