- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

CALLENDER, Iowa (AP) - A century-old grain elevator has burned to the ground in a spectacular blaze that served as a training exercise for local fire crews.

The Fort Dodge Messenger reports (https://bit.ly/2dCiIxt ) crews burned the 60-foot-tall elevator in the small Webster County city of Callender on Sunday morning.

The elevator was abandoned more than 15 years ago and officials in the 350-person city have been working for years to remove the structure, which was deemed a safety hazard.

Residents made the fire into a community event, picnicking and taking cell-phone videos as giant flames climbed up the wooden structure.

Jamie Urban, of Callender, called it “the most exciting thing to happen in town for a while.”

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Information from: The Messenger, https://www.messengernews.net

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