Area Fire Departments Kept Busy
(LeMars) -- Fire fighters from nearly every Plymouth County community have been busy fiighting fires over the last couple of days, and the windy conditions have made what would have been simple blazes into raging infernos. Akron Fire Department was called to two separate fires on Wednesday, the first, a manure pit beneath a hog confinement started on fire when employees of the farm were welding repairs inside the facility. The swine barn is owned by Iowa Select Farms. There were no hogs in the facility at the time of the fire.
Akron had a second fire on Wednesday when a house located at 114 Brule Street was on fire. The house, was a rental property, and fortunately no one was home during the blaze. Fire chief Shane Coyle said the structure sustained "excessive damage" and he estimated the loss to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. It was not known who owned the house. Coyle says the fire started on the outside of the structure, but the origin of the fire is unknown. The fire is under investigation.
Hinton Fire Department responded to a fire early Wednesday evening that destroyed a recreational vehicle. The R-V was owned by Don Williams of Merrill. Williams was attempting to move the vehicle from the Pipe Dream camping site and recreational park, north of Hinton. The R-V was listed as a total loss. Fire chief Chad Beck believes the fire was started as the result of faulty wiring within the recreational vehicle.
Both the Remsen and Kingsley Fire Departments responded to a combine and field fire that occurred on Thursday afternoon near the intersection of 260th Street and Polk Avenue. At nearly the same time when Kingsley and Remsen fire departments were battling the winds from the combine fire, the LeMars Fire Department was called to a hay fire near Struble. The strong winds fanned the flames and the fire started to spread across a livestock holding pen and threatened a nearby barn. The LeMars fire department had to call upon the services of the Maurice fire department to assist with the containment of the fire. The farm raises horses, but fortunately no horses were harmed.
Later in the afternoon, the Kingsley Fire Department was called upon to offer assistance to the Marcus Fire Department and the Washta Fire Departments for another grass fire. The fire was located one mile south of 6302 D Avenue.
At about 3:50 p.m. this afternoon, the Remsen Fire Department was called to their second fire of the day when a soybean field had caught on fire. The fire was located two miles northwest of Remsen.