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Grain company sues over fire

Mateusz Perkowski

Capital Press

A grain handler is suing a garbanzo bean company over a fire that damaged one of its facilities in Idaho.

A grain exporter claims one of its elevators in Idaho was destroyed by a fire that originated at a neighboring bean facility.

Columbia Grain, an Oregon-based exporter, has filed a lawsuit demanding compensation for the damage from Hinrichs Trading Co. of Pullman, Wash.

The lawsuit alleges that Hinrichs failed to properly maintain equipment or electrical components at its garbanzo bean processing and storage facility in Craigmont, Idaho.

Columbia Grain claims that Hinrichs’ negligence or recklessness caused a fire that spread to its grain elevator last year.

An attorney for the Hinrichs Trading Co. said he could not comment on the litigation.

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