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Fire in old grain elevator in Superior, Wis., extinguished sooner than expected

Dec 19, 2018 at 11:58 AM CST
SUPERIOR, Wis. Originally anticipated to burn for days, a historic grain elevator that caught fire Monday was cleared by firefighters by 9 a.m. Tuesday. I think because it had been deconstructed to the stage it was at, it actually went down a little more quickly than we anticipated, Superior Fire Chief Steve Panger said. The remains of the Globe Elevators at 2 Banks Ave. burn after catching fire Monday afternoon in Superior. The structure was built of old-growth timber which contains no added chemicals. (Clint Austin / [email protected]) A direct pump from the nearby harbor slip helped firefighters take an offensive approach much sooner than anticipated and leave the scene about 18 hours after the blaze began. But as ice formed over the charred remains of the Globe Elevators on Tuesday morning, damage estimates stood at $2.5 million.