An abandoned grain elevator popular with late-night thrill seekers went up in flames Friday morning, a Minneapolis Fire Department spokesman said. No one was hurt.
Firefighters arrived at 10:45 a.m. to find heavy smoke coming from the Bunge Grain Elevator, near Van Cleve Park on the 1200 block of Boor Avenue SE. Crews doused the flames with water and used foam to suppress remaining hot spots. The fire is believed to have originated in a belt in a machine that was being used by a company preparing the building for demolition.
Finished in 1936, the elevator was once the largest grain storage facility in North America. It last operated in 2003.