Three fire departments converged on a blazing corn crib Sunday afternoon after a trash fire apparently went out of control, finding the fire spead to eight vehicles and four outbuildings.
The Storm Lake Fire Department responded to a report of a corn crib on fire at a residence located at 5643 100th Avenue at 2:30 p.m.
Firefighters found that the corn crib had burnt to the ground by the time they arrived. The area was fully engulfed in flames as well as several outbuildings and vehicles that were on fire. There were also several spot fires in the grove that surrounded the buildings.
The Storm Lake Fire Department requested assistance for personnel and water from the Alta and Truesdale Fire Department. Firefighters extinguished the structural, vehicle and field fires in a short amount of time.
The Fire Department reports that the corn crib was a total loss as well as a vehicle that was parked inside of it. Seven other vehicles that had been sitting in the area were heavily damaged. Three small outbuildings as well as a pump house were severely damaged and a roof to a chicken coop was damaged also.
The fire is believed to have been caused by the trash fire, which had been left unsupervised. It is believed the fire may have been burning for up to one hour prior to the fire department being notified. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries we're reported.
The property is owned by Lowell Fields of Storm Lake. Damage to the property is still undetermined.
The Fire Department was on the scene for approximately 2 1/2 hours, with help from members of the Alta and Truesdale departments.