MASON, Mich. (WLNS)– Fire investigators are now saying that a technical malfunction is what caused a fire to start in a corn dehydrator this afternoon.
It happened at the Eaton Farm Bureau Cooperative, on Columbia Road between Lansing and State Roads, and only about half a mile from downtown Mason and the Ingham County courthouse.
Fire crews got the call around 1 p.m. this afternoon. Mason Fire Chief Kerry Minshall says some of the corn inside the dehydrator caught on fire as it was being heated and dried on its way down to the bottom.That fire eventually spread to other parts of the machine
Several departments from mid-Michigan were called in to help fight the flames, which grew bigger throughout the afternoon. Luckily, however, there were no injuries or major damage to the equipment; but there was some burned corn that needed to be cleaned up.
While all of this was going on, the Ingham County Veterans Day parade was also happening nearby. Fortunately for parade-goers, there were no interruptions and everything went smoothly, according to the fire chief.