CLAY COUNTY, Neb. — Emergency crews battled an overnight fire in Saronville.
Clay County Emergency Manager Tim Lewis said a call came in just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning that grain bins at CPI were on fire.
Sutton and Clay Center Fire Departments were dispatched and reported a heavy fire and debris field when they arrived.
Lewis said the fire was out at 1:35 a.m. and crews were clearing the scene.
According to Lewis, a strong wind event occurred in Saronville early Wednesday morning, which created an electrical short, starting the fire.
In a statement posted on its website, CPI said two of its grain bins sustained damage in the fire and that contractors are on site assessing the damage as of late Wednesday morning.
"CPI is working on options for clean-up and rebuilding. We’re confident most of the work will be finished before fall harvest, so our customers should not be affected," the company said. "With the ongoing supply chain issues, we will also be devising plans to handle the grain if necessary."