Firefighters bring granary fire under control

Freedom New Mexico

TUCUMCARI — A small fire at Attebury Grain on West Railroad Avenue was brought under control about 4:30 p.m. Monday, according to Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry.

A two-block area surrounding the elevator, including about 15 residents of the Mountain View and Chaparral apartments, was evacuated about 2 p.m., according to officials. Roads leading to the elevator were blocked.

The roadblocks and barriers were removed about 4:45 p.m., officials said.

Cherry said firefighters discovered that a conveyor belt in a tunnel of the grain elevator had caught fire and some wheat dust was smoldering.

Precautions were taken because “if the grain gets stirred up the dust can get really explosive,” Cherry said.

There were no injuries reported.