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8-year-old girl OK after falling into empty grain bin in Big Rock

Fire captain urges farmers to 'practice diligent safety'

BIG ROCK – An 8-year-old girl was released from the hospital and is OK after falling into an empty grain bin Tuesday, Big Rock fire officials said.

The girl was playing with eight other children just before 10 a.m. in a barn near the intersection of Jericho and Granart roads when she fell through the floor into a grain bin room that has no doors or windows, Big Rock Fire Department Capt. Debra Raymond said.

Fire crews breached the barn on arrival, cutting a hole in the front of the building, Raymond said. An aerial unit was then able to rescue the girl using a wall ladder.

The girl was in good condition and taken to Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, where she was treated for musculoskeletal injuries that were not life-threatening, Raymond said.

“We train for agriculture as a special part of our fire service,” Raymond said. “We need to know what you’re dealing with, grain bins especially. Everybody trains for that.”

Tuesday’s fall was the first grain bin-related accident the Big Rock department has responded to in at least a couple of years, Raymond said.

She said newer equipment and techniques make it easier for fire crews to get to victims. She urges farm owners to always take regular precautionary measures.

“Practice diligent safety,” she said. “Stuff like this can be deadly. This was an accident, and the girl was very fortunate because there was no corn in the grain bin.”

The Bristol Kendall (Yorkville) and Sugar Grove fire departments assisted on the call.

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