A fire this afternoon destroyed a combine in a field south of Coal Valley. No one was injured and firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to a nearby field full of dry corn.
The fire happened some time after noon at 14315 104th St., Coal Valley, the men who were working with the combine said.
Gene Hamerlinck, of Milan, said he stopped driving the combine about 12:10 p.m. and he and the others left for lunch. At the time, he noticed nothing wrong.
His son, Eric Hamerlinck said that workers on a nearby silo saw the vehicle on fire a short time later and notified them.
The burned out hulk of the green combine was sitting in a soybean field that was full of dry plant material left behind by harvesters. A large patch of that had burned away around the combine but the patch stopped short of the corn field, which was some 40 yards from the vehicle.
Tim Anderson, who was with the Hamerlincks, credited the firefighters for keeping the situation from being worse than it was.
"We were real lucky," he said.
No one was hurt by the fire or while fighting it. Orion Fire Protection District Chief Dan Myers said. The cause was still under investigation.
He said the combine was totaled by the fire, and that the initial estimate on the loss was about $150,000.
The fire was just one of several in fields the Orion firefighters and their colleagues from neighboring protection districts have fought today, he said.
The Coal Valley and Sherrard fire protection districts also came to fight the combine fire, he said.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.