UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.
A male employee at Wilcox Farms in Roy, Pierce County, is unaccounted for after two grain silos — each holding about 500 tons of corn – collapsed at about 3 Monday afternoon.
Eric Skogen, assistant chief for South Pierce Fire and Rescue, said units arrived at the scene within one to two minutes, as the silos were across the street from a fire station.
“They heard the blast,” Skogen said about the rescue crews.
He said that the cause of the collapse is unknown.
He said one of the structures completely collapsed and the other is “basically held up by the remains of the building.”
He said that building is not safe to enter and that FEMA structural engineers are at the site to determine how to proceed.
According to its website, Wilcox Farms “ is a 100 year old farm that sits on 1,500 acres of sustainable farmland along the Nisqually River in the foothills of Mt Rainier.”
Here’s the latest from The Associated Press:
ROY, Pierce County — A fire official says a Wilcox Farms worker is missing after a grain silo collapsed at the farm’s feed mill in Roy.
South Pierce Fire & Rescue Chief Bob Vellias said Monday night that a Federal Emergency Management Agency engineer was assessing the building to see whether a search dog could be allowed inside.
Vellias said a male employee in his 50s was believed trapped by tons of grain Monday afternoon. The man was not immediately identified.
The News Tribune reports that the chief says because of lighting issues, rescuers don’t expect to be able to fully search the wreckage until tomorrow.
It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the collapse, which eventually filled an office and electrical area with corn. The missing worker was in that building.
Vellias said Wilcox Farms officials were not speaking with reporters Monday. A call to the mill rang unanswered. The family farm supplies eggs throughout the Pacific Northwest.
ORIGINAL POST | One person was trapped when a grain hopper at the Wilcox Farms in Roy, Pierce County, collapsed at about 3 p.m. Monday.
Eric Waters, spokesman for Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One, said no further details are available about the condition of the trapped individual.
He said a Pierce County Technical Rescue Team, which is trained to work in confined spaces, was at the scene.
According to its website, Wilcox Farms “is a 100-year-old farm that sits on 1,500 acres of sustainable farmland along the Nisqually River in the foothills of Mount Rainier.”
This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it becomes available.