Fire rages through Dentinger Feed building in Vale

Spectators watch fire crews contain fire Saturday afternoon at Dentinger Feed and Seed. (The Enterprise/Carolyn Agrimis)

VALE – Fire struck the downtown grain mill of Dentinger Feed and Seed Saturday afternoon, destroying the long-time granary that is a community landmark.

Vale Fire Chief Jess Tolman said the blaze was reported at 2:48 p.m. at 165 Morton St. E., about two blocks north of one of Vale’s main streets.

Seve Yraguen, who works at the lumber yard operated by Dentinger Feed, said he and coworkers got into the mill store to grab critical paperwork before the building was consumed by flames. The store was closed at the time, he said.

Yraguen said it appeared the fire started in the grain tower, which dramatically collapsed while ablaze. It fell onto an adjoining warehouse.

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