EUREKA - Just as a waitress at the Cornerstone Restaurant was about to refill coffee cups for a group of Monday morning regulars, a loud explosion rocked the entire building.
“Poor Alice, she was just ready to pour coffee,” commented Chuck Steenrod of Roanoke. “The lip of the pot was right near the cup. I’m surprised she did not spill it.”
Patrons of the restaurant, located on the west edge of town, heard two very sharp booms followed by a less volatile third one and began to wonder what was going on.
Shortly thereafter, employees dialed 911, not knowing what had happened, as emergency vehicles were soon on their way to the elevator where smoke was pouring out of the structure.
It was discovered a grain elevator exploded one mile west of the restaurant at the Grainland Cooperative in the formerly incorporated Cruger around 6:15 a.m. There were no injuries, but the result did lead to a temporary closure of the elevator near the intersection of U.S. Route 24 and County Highway 3. As of Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the explosion had yet to be determined. Authorities believe the source was likely a grain dryer. No one was at work at the time of the incident. Grainland employs between eight to 10 people.
In addition, a damage estimate was not immediately available. Grainland has other plants in Armington, El Paso, Emden, Minier and Secor.
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