Feed Store Fire in Ireton

July 13, 2015

FIREFIGHTERS FROM SIX NORTHWEST IOWA COMMUNITIES WERE CALLED TO IRETON ABOUT 8:35PM LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY) TO FIGHT A FIRE IN A FEED MILL AND GRAIN ELEVATOR. IRETON FIRE CHIEF RICH STECKELBERG SAYS HE BELIEVES THE FIRE AT THE DELUXE FEED INCORPORATED MAY HAVE STARTED IN THE ELECTRICAL ROOM. WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARREVED AT THE SCENE, THEY FOUND SMOKE, AND FLAMES COMING FROM THE BUILDING. AN AERIAL TRUCK PROVIDED BY THE SIOUX CENTER FIRE DEPARTMENT, WAS USED TO SPRAY WATER ON THE FOUR-STORY HIGH FEED MILL, AND FIREFIGHTERS WERE SEEN DISMANTLING THE METAL WALLS TO HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO THE FIRE. FIREFIGHTERS WERE NOT ONLY BATTLING THE BLAZE, BUT ALSO THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY. SEVERAL FIREFIGHTERS WERE SUFFERING FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION AND WERE SEEN TAKING FREQUENT BREAKS.

IRETON AMBULANCE AND SIOUX CENTER AMBULANCE CREW MEMBERS WERE CHECKING THE FIREFIGHTERS’ VITAL SIGNS. SEVERAL IRETON RESIDENTS ASSISTED THE FIREFIGHTERS BY PROVIDING BOTTLED WATER TO DRINK AND WET TOWELS WHICH WAS PLACED ON THE FIREFIGHTERS’ HEADS. STECKELBERG SAID THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL WILL ARRIVE ON MONDAY TO HELP WITH THE INVESTIGATION. FIREFIGHTERS WERE AT THE SCENE THE MUCH OF THE NIGHT. THERE WERE NO INJURIES REPORTED. ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE FEED STORE SUSTAINED EXTENSIVE DAMAGES.

SEVERAL AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS RESPONDED AND ASSISTED THE IRETON FIRE DEPARTMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDING THE IRETON AMBULANCE CREW, HAWARDEN FIRE DEPARTMENT, MAURICE FIRE DEPARTMENT, SIOUX CENTER FIRE DEPARTMENT, ROCK VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENT, ORANGE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE HAWARDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT, SIOUX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND SIOUX COUNTY CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT. SIOUX CENTER AMBULANCE’S REHAB TRAILER WAS ALSO AT THE SCENE.