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Combine in Sycamore field continues to smolder one week after it caught fire

Damages estimated to cost $100,000

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

SYCAMORE – A combine in a Sycamore field caught fire last week, but Sycamore Assistant Fire Chief Art Zern said people are still calling the fire department to say that it’s smoking one week later.

DeKalb firefighters assisted Sycamore about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 to try to put out a combine fire in a field on Old State Road west of Route 64 in Sycamore, Zern said.

The flames were extinguished in roughly an hour after shuttling in water, but Zern said the physical makeup of a combine makes it difficult to guarantee the machinery will not catch fire again. Firefighters returned the next morning, but have not gone back since then.

“It’s still sitting out in the field, but there’s nothing to be damaged,” Zern said. “We’re still getting calls about how it’s smoking.”

He said there was a large amount of harvested crops in the combine, which burned quickly. No one was injured while fighting the initial fires, and the fire’s cause is still under investigation.

The total cost of damage is estimated to be $100,000.

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