Firefighters Fight Barn Fire In Sheldon

Date posted - March 19, 2016

Sheldon, Iowa — A barn was destroyed in a fire on Friday night, March 18, 2016 in Sheldon.

Sheldon Fire 3-18-16

Photo courtesy Tyler Whitcanack

According to Sheldon Fire Chief Jerry Meyer, about 10:16 PM, the Sheldon Fire Company was called to the report of barn on fire at the home of Jay Groot, at 821 Park Street. That’s about a block west of Washington Avenue on Highway 18. This is the same place to which fire crews were called on November 4th of last year. Last time the larger barn burned. This time it was a smaller one.

The chief says a Sheldon Police officer called it in. The chief says the barn was fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used water and foam to fight the fire. He says steel roof sheeting made the fire harder to get at.

Meyer says 23 firefighters fought the fire, and no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is suspicious but undetermined.

Chief Meyer reports the barn was totaled.

He says they used about 8000 gallons of water and about 45 gallons of foam concentrate to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until about 1:38 AM.

Responding to the call were the Sheldon Fire Company, Sheldon Emergency Management, and the Sheldon Police Department.

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