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Fire marshal investigating cause of blaze at Posey Co. Co-Op

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Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire Wednesday morning at the Posey County Co-Op on W. 4th Street in Mt. Vernon.

14 News was on the scene as crews battled the blaze around 7:00 Wednesday morning. Units throughout the county and rural tanker trucks were called to assist.

Owners say they were able to rip the back doors off the building and drive a small truck out before the fire spread to two sprayers and a small amount of product inside the building.

Posey County Co-Op owners say when crews from several different departments arrived, it took 15 minutes before they could start pumping water on to the building. They say hydrants in the area didn't have enough water pressure.

The second challenge was getting the roof off the structure so they could use ladder trucks to attack the flames from multiple angles. But, the moment the building was opened up, the fire grew.

"As soon as the doors were open on the back side the fire obviously erupted and once you give it some oxygen and we just continued to keep fighting it. It took us about 45 minutes or so to get it under control," Mt. Vernon Fire Chief, Wes Dixon, said.

Owners say they've lost about a million dollars between the equipment and the building itself. With busy season just around the corner, they've got to be quick to rebuild and get things running again.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating.

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