Casstown landmark destroyed in fire

By Melanie Yingst

April 10, 2014

Melanie Yingst


CASSTOWN — High winds fueled the flames that destroyed an abandoned grain elevator on State Route 55 in Casstown Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to the scene of the blaze around 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon as onlookers watch as the village landmark burned to the ground. No injuries were reported.

The initial call requesting aid was in regards to a piece of barn siding entangled in power lines near the grain elevator. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Crews from Troy, Fletcher, North Hampton, Christiansburg and other local stations responded to the scene to provide mutual aid.

The structure burned completely down had been vacant for decades. The fire also cause damaged to homes across the street. The heat from the blaze melted siding of at least two homes across the street from the blaze.

The grain elevator was an example of a classic wooded “cribbed” grain elevator.