Things took a turn for the worse for a Saskatchewan farming family over the weekend as a grain elevator with 35-thousand bushels of yellow peas burnt down on Saturday.
The Kohlman family was combining south of Tramping Lake, which is about 170 kilometres west of Saskatoon, when the fire started.
Brian Kohlman says he was just getting the last of his yellow peas when he saw smoke coming from the elevator.
“Then, I could see smoke coming out of the top,” Kohlman said. “I was hoping it was dust, but it was smoke and when I got there, the top of the main building was on fire. There isn’t much you can do. That’s 70-feet in the air.”
Kohlman says neighbours rushed to help clear what they could out of the elevator before the fire spread. It was finally put out around midnight.
Kohlman says he’ll start working on insurance on Monday, but his focus is still ensuring he can harvest his canola and prepare lentils.
“The clean-up process will be long, probably,” Kohlman said. “There’s quite a mess. But we’re at the harvest here. So that’s priority-one. We’ll make more bags for this year and we’ll build more graineries for more storage, and go from there.”