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Sheriff's office identifies man killed in Yarmouth grain silo collapse

The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Rickey Kammerer Friday afternoon.

YARMOUTH, Iowa — The man killed in the Yarmouth grain silo collapse Tuesday has been identified as Rickey Kammerer, 30, of Winfield.

Crews recovered Kammerer's body from the collapse on Wednesday. 

A GoFundMe has been created by a family friend for funeral expenses. As of Friday afternoon, the fundraiser has received more than $8,300. 

According to the fundraiser, Kammerer left behind his wife and 7-year-old child. 

"On behalf of all first responders, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the victim in this difficult time," the office said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. 

The identity of the individual will be released at a later time. The sheriff's office is asking the public to avoid the area as crews work to make it safe.

The Yarmouth Fire Department responded to the collapse at 23400 205th Avenue in Yarmouth at about 8:08 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office. The structure is owned by Agri-Way Partners LLC. 

On Wednesday, the Des Moines County Sheriff's Office said the collapsed silo, which is made of concrete, is partially standing. It has also caused structural damage to nearby silos, creating "an extremely volatile environment for the rescue and recovery of the missing individual." 

Des Moines County EMA Coordinator Gina Hardin said there were 15 agencies working to find the individual Wednesday morning.  

News 8 learned two individuals were there at the time of the collapse and both are employees at the facility. The individual who made it out was confirmed to be safe. The sheriff's office confirmed these details via press release on Wednesday.

Tuesday, area rescue crew members worked 10-minute shifts in the heat to dig through the wreckage. A Heat Advisory was in effect for the county until 7 p.m. News 8 witnessed search dogs looking through the area as well.

Iowa Task Force 1, an urban search and rescue team based in Cedar Rapids, was at the scene, too. 

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