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Fire-Hit Wallaroo Silos Assessed For Damage

07 September 2010

AUSTRALIA – Fire damage to grain silos on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia is expected to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair, it has been reported.

According to ABC News, the blaze is thought to have been caused by a front-end loader in one of Viterra's storage sheds on its Wallaroo site.

It has not yet been determined, however, whether the fire has affected loading facilities at the port; one of the state's main grain export terminals.

Paul Tierney, from Viterra, told the news provider that the firm would soon be meeting with fire officials to fully inspect the damage.

"Obviously it's a site or a shed we use to store grain on site, but we can export to the other facilities there, so it wouldn't necessarily impact our export activity come harvest," he said.

Meanwhile, in New Zealand, thousands of tonnes of milling wheat are thought to have been exposed to the elements as a result of last week's earthquake which damaged some of the country's silos.

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