UPDATE: Demolition of impacted silos scheduled Sunday at BioUrja

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Published: May. 20, 2022 at 9:52 AM CDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 5:26 PM CDT
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UPDATE 5:21 P.M. - The Peoria Fire Department, in concert with Allied Technologies, say they have seen favorable results from the nitrogen gas process that started Thursday.

Interim Fire Chief Shawn Sollberger says the heat signature of the grain silo that had been smoldering with fire has substantially decreased and created a favorable environment for the emergency demolition.

On Saturday, concrete will be poured throughout the day around all four impacted silos to further stabilize them.

Barring inclement weather or any unforeseen circumstances, Alpine Demolition Services will begin their demolition process.

Sollberger says the department will continue its fire watch until the scene is stable and no longer a hazard to the community.

PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - The demolition crew will be on scene Friday morning at BioUrja as the Peoria Fire Department removes resources from the site.

Interim Peoria Fire Chief Shawn Sollberger says the 24-hour-fire watch will remain based on conditions Thursday.

He says that ground operations were performed yesterday and found multiple access points to flow water and create openings for Allied International, the foam mitigation company, to place their necessary equipment.

Nitrogen gas has been flowing in the grain silo for the last 12+ hours with desired results.

Sollberger says coordination between the demolition crew, Allied International, the fire department and BioUrja will start Friday morning for the systematic plan for the “extensive” demolition.

All equipment is on-site, but due to weather the demolition is scheduled for Saturday.

The project is expected to take 5-7 days.

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