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Firefighters find SL farm ablaze

Monday, April 8, 2002

A rekindled controlled brush fire is the cause of a blaze that destroyed two farm buildings and caused damage to two more Thursday afternoon north of Storm Lake.

At the Dwayne Kay farm, 1037 560th St. off old Highway 71, a fire broke out early in the afternoon on Thursday, April 4.

When firefighters arrived at approximately 12:30 p.m., they found one building completed destroyed and a barn engulfed in flames. The roofs of two other buildings had also caught on fire, according to Storm Lake Fire Chief Mike Jones.

The Alta and Truesdale Fire Departments were called to assist with water tank operations as the Storm Lake firefighters attacked all four burning buildings. Firefighters worked for three hours to bring the scene under control.

The department was called back to the same location again Friday morning, at about 5:15 a.m., to extinguish a pile of wood shavings that had rekindled. Available firefighters were called out again later Friday to handle smoldering hay.

Two buildings were completely destroyed in the blaze on Thursday, including the barn and a converted hog shed used to store tools. Both are considered total losses, while the other two out buildings were saved with damages limited to the roofs. Damage will exceed $50,000, Jones said.

The resident of the farm had started a controlled brush fire earlier Thursday morning. He believed he had put the fire out but it rekindled after he went into his home, Jones said.

One firefighter sustained an ankle injury during the incident. He was treated by his physician and released.

The County Sheriff's Department also assisted at the scene.

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