On Wednesday, April 10, at about 4:35 AM, the Rock Valley Fire Department and Rock Valley Ambulance responded to a structure fire that occurred at 2172 300th Street, three miles west of Rock Valley.
Upon the fire department’s arrival, they found the machine shop fully engulfed in fire. The Inwood Fire Department was called to assist the Rock Valley Fire Department.
No injuries to people were reported.
The machine shop was a total loss along with farm equipment stored inside. The equipment included multiple tractors, a pay loader, a new planter, skid loader and field sprayer. An attached shop was also destroyed that contained machining equipment and a family puppy.
Damages are estimated in excess of $500,000.
Following a joint investigation between Rock Valley Fire Department Chief John Wallenburg and the Iowa State Fire Marshal, the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature triggered by tree branches falling on the incoming electrical line.