An Albert City ambulance crew was on a routine trip back home after a call Thursday night when they discovered and reported a fire, according to Buena Vista County Sheriff Chuck Eddy.
Just before 8 p.m., the crew spotted flames at a farm located at 1946 540th St., southwest of Albert City. Two hog confinement buildings had caught on fire and were soon fully engulfed in flames.
The buildings are owned by First State Bank of Ida Grove. Livestock in the building was owned by Southern Pork.
Approximately 2300 head of hogs were destroyed by the fire. Two buildings were completely destroyed and two additional structures were damaged by fire and smoke, Eddy said. Damage have so far been estimated at half a million dollars.
Assisting at the scene were the Albert City Ambulance crew, firefighters from Albert City, Newell, Marathon, Truesdale, Rembrandt, Storm Lake and Varina; the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office; and the State Fire Marshall's Office. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.