By The Hutchinson News
CIMARRON - Downtown Cimarron, including a portion of K-23, was shut down Thursday after workers cleared a grain elevator by hand when an official noticed a hot spot.
Pride Ag Resources Superintendent Austin Goering noticed the outside of a section of a grain bin was hot on Thursday morning, so he called in the Gray County Emergency Management as a precaution, according to a release from Gray County. It prompted an evacuation of downtown Cimarron south of U.S. 50 and closed a portion of K-23. The bin, located on K-23 south of U.S. 50, can old 3,300 bushels, but at the time had about 2,000. Employees worked through the night removing grain from the bottom of the bin by hand and spraying water on the top of the grain to control dust. The elevator had mill rights working on the south side of the grain bin on Friday. Pride Ag Resources employees, Gray County Emergency Management, Cimarron Fire, Ingalls Fire, Gray County Road Department, Gray County Sheriff's Department, BNSF Railroad, Cimarron city employees, the Cimarron City Council and Kansas Department of Transportation assisted.