- Associated Press - Thursday, November 20, 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say they will need to remove chemicals and other debris from a grain elevator complex building in Mitchell before they can start investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed the structure.

The Wednesday fire occurred in a CHS Farmers Alliance building that housed farm chemicals and fertilizer. No one was hurt, and authorities say there was no immediate danger to the public. A Sioux Falls company was called in to monitor air quality.

Company General Manager Jim Morken tells The Daily Republic newspaper that officials believe all of the chemicals were contained within the burned-out structure.

Morken tells KELO-TV that the company had just completed construction of the building last summer. He says the fire is a setback, but crunch time for farm chemicals won’t be until spring.

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