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Cause of grain elevator blast undetermined

February 3, 2012

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— Residents who were evacuated after an explosion at a central Kansas grain elevator are back in their homes, as the investigation continues to determine what caused the blast.

Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson said residents of about a dozen homes were allowed to return home Thursday evening when the danger subsided at the Cairo Co-op elevator in Arlington. Kansas Highway 61 and a nearby and nearby rail line also reopened.

One employee, Tyler Stejskal of Arlington, is hospitalized after the explosion Thursday morning in the headhouse atop the elevator. The blast blew out windows in the headhouse and damaged a door.

Reno County Emergency Management Director Bill Guy says it could be several days before investigators determine what caused the explosion.

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