Fire rages through historic Vale granary

Fire crews work from engines stationed around the Dentinger granary in Vale Saturday afternoon. (The Enterprise/Carolyn Agrimis)

VALE – Fire tore through the Dentinger Feed & Seed granary in downtown Vale Saturday afternoon, destroying a community landmark and challenging firefighters who had to work in 100-degree heat.

Black smoke could be seen for miles and fire agencies from the area sent help but nothing could save the historic structure.

The towering grain elevator, one of the tallest structures in Vale, collapsed in spectacular fashion as fire consumed the building.

The granary at 165 Morton St. E. was closed at the time and no one was injured, authorities said. The family-owned business was founded in 1938 by Stanley Dentinger. 

Rick Dentinger, grandson of the founder, was working in the family’s hardware store a block . . .