UPDATE — RMT Evacuated Due To Thursday Evening Fire
Date posted - July 25, 2014
Sheldon , Iowa — A manufacturing plant was damaged in a fire on July 24, 2014 in Sheldon.
According to Sheldon Fire Chief Jerry Meyer, about 6:10 PM, the Sheldon Fire Company was called to the report of fire at Rosenboom Machine & Tool, at 1530 Western Avenue in southwest Sheldon.
The chief says the fire company saw thick smoke coming out of the overhead doors in the production area as they approached the scene. He says after getting instructions from a plant worker as to where the fire was, firefighters made an attack using inch and three quarter hose lines to fight the fire.
He says the fire was located and contained in a large filter enclosure that was in the process of being removed. The filters inside the enclosure caught fire when a worker was cutting a hole with a cutting torch to aid in the enclosure’s removal.
Meyer reports that there were no injuries.
The chief says they also asked for help from the Sanborn Fire Department as a precaution as the fire was in a large building and firefighters were unsure at first of the extent of the fire.
Chief Meyer reports that an estimate of the cost of the damage is not available.
He says fire crews were on scene for about an hour.
The Sheldon Community Ambulance Team and law enforcement officers assisted the fire company at the scene.
The Sheldon Fire Company was dispatched to a blaze at Rosenboom Machine & Tool on Sheldon’s southwest side shortly after 6 o’clock Thursday evening. The plant’s workers had been evacuated by the time the Fire Department arrived.
At one point, smoke could be seen billowing through the open overhead doors on the building’s south side. Sheldon firefighters requested mutual aid manpower from the Sanborn Fire Department, which also responded with trucks and personnel.
While no flames were visible from outside, firefighters were kept busy inside the facility, and were rotated out to be spelled by Sanborn firefighters.
Firefighters had closed down the southern portion of Western Avenue during the call, but reopened the street about 7 pm, and Sheldon firefighters were on scene until about 7:15 pm.
In addition to firefighters from Sheldon and Sanborn, the Sheldon Community Ambulance Team, Sheldon Police Department and Sheldon EMA assisted at the scene.
We’ll bring you more information when it becomes available.
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