Grain Elevator Catches Fire


A police officer stands guard at the stoplight where Meridian and Main meet. Behind him is a fleet of emergency vehicles surrounding the small retail plaza where Sports Plus has served Woodmen athletes for years.

Yesterday, the abandoned Farm Bureau Co-op Grain Elevator that stood at the intersection of Washington and Main caught fire just before 4 p.m. in the afternoon.

So far it appears no one is injured and property damage seems to be minimal aside from the grain elevator itself which has been declared a total loss. Firefighters were able to subdue the blaze at around 5 p.m.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation although it is possible that the fire is due to the structure’s advanced age and dilapidated condition, not to mention the fact the fire occurred on the warmest day of 2021 so far. Arson seems unlikely; however, it has not been entirely ruled out yet by officials.

Fortunately, just across the street from the incident is Greenwood Fire Station #91. First responders wasted no time in handling the fire and protecting nearby businesses. The stretch of Main St. from the railroad to Mrs. Curl has been closed off.

The grain elevator has been in the background of many senior photos and has become something of an unofficial Greenwood landmark. There is no doubt that the fire is the nail in the coffin for the old grain elevator which has stood quietly by the railroad tracks for years. Some residents had long suspected the building to be a fire hazard in an unattractive industrial area in need of beautifying, whereas others held it as a charming and nostalgic place that reminds many of home as they cross the railroad track and enter downtown Greenwood.