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Fire breaks out at South Dakota ag facility

Both buildings at Full Circle Ag in Pierpont, South Dakota, will likely will be a total loss, according to Day County Emergency Management Director Bryan Anderson, after the fire broke out about 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022.

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PIERPONT, S.D. — A fire broke out in an ag chemical mixing facility in northeast South Dakota an spread to a nearby office area on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Both buildings at Full Circle Ag in Pierpont will likely will be a total loss, according to Day County Emergency Management Director Bryan Anderson.

Anderson said the fire was called in about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday with five volunteer fire departments responding. Anderson said a hazardous materials unit was responding from Aberdeen as a precaution but that there were dikes to contain the chemicals.

Anderson called it a "surround and drown" situation at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Winds were from the northwest blowing toward Pierpont, a town of about 180 people about 35 miles east of Aberdeen. But Anderson said the winds were light enough to allow fumes to pass over the town and not pose a threat.

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Anderson said there were no injuries.

Full Circle Ag 's main offices are in Britton, South Dakota, with locations in eight other communities in northeast South Dakota and southeast North Dakota.

Anderson said the fire was not only detrimental to the local business but with fertilizer and farm chemicals in short supply this year "it didn't help to lose whatever was in this shed."

Reach Jeff Beach at jbeach@agweek.com or call 701-451-5651 (work) or 859-420-1177.
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