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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 26, 1975)
fiiudy, September 26, 137S
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Top right: To get into the elevator to
recover the injured, firemen had to climb
the building where trucks are unloaded,
and raise ladders to a window in the ele
vator. Fire Chief Dallas Johnson said he
thought they would have to use a heli
copter to remove the injured. Later, he
said, firemen were able to work their
way up the inside of the elevator!
Center right: Firemen climbed the un
loading building to gain entry to the con
veyor room where the injured persons
were. In the upper right comer is a cat
walk on which one of the injured called
to firemen for help.
Bottom: Seconds after the explosion
at the Far-Mar-Co elevator, smoke
billowed several hundred feet into the air
in a mushroom cloud.
Center left: One of the first men
recovered after the explosion is loaded in
an ambulance to be taken to the St.
Elizabeth Burn Center.
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Four persons were critically injured Thursday after
" noon in an explosion at the Far-Mar-Co grain elevator at
24th and Fair streets, according to a Lincoln Fire Dept.
A fifth person, Terry Praeuner, was reported injured
by the department, but Jack Stiles, executive director of
St. Elizabeth Community Health Center, said Praeuner
was not admitted to the hospital. AH of the injured were
taken to St. Elizabeth.
The injured included: William Palmer, Lincoln, Don
Brinkmsn, Palmy Francis Kreifels, Lincoln and
Michael Murphy a' truck' driver from North Bend.
Another truck driver, Ervin Fuehcr, was admitted to
St. Elizabeth's and later released. "
Jerry Frazier, inspector for the department's fire
prevention bureau, said the explosion occured about
5:12 p.m. in the lower levels of the building housing the
conveyer belt. -
Two of ' the injured were trapped for about an hour
and one-half in the conveyer room of the 140 ft.
concrete structure, Frazier said.
Three other plant employes, in the building at the
time of the explosion were not injured.
The cause of the two-alarm explosion was not known
immediately and currently is under investigation, Frazier
said. He said the inside of the room was filled with
smoldering grain dust when firemen and police arrived,
but was not burning.
One eyewitness said that, Two foot chunks of
concrete were blasted several hundred feet from the
elevator." He said that huge concrete slabs which had
been in the elevator walls were scattered near the
building or dangling loosely from wire meshing.
He said small fires were continuing late Thursday
Frazier estimated the damage to the elevator at
between $3 million and $4 million, and said the
building, owned by Far-Mar-Co Inc. of Hutchison,
Kansas, was insured for $2,295,000.
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Top photos' by John Kalkomlcl
Bottom photo by Rod Gushing
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