Rock Valley, Iowa — A manufacturing plant was saved from fire on Friday, June 26, 2015 in Rock Valley.
According to Rock Valley Fire Chief John Wallenberg, about 8:30 AM, the Rock Valley Fire Department was called to the report of structure fire at TCS Manufacturing, the former Kooima Manufacturing plant at 2080 Tenth Street in Rock Valley.
The chief says that when they got there, the fire department saw all the employees had been evacuated. He says they saw lots of smoke from the south end of the building as they approached the scene. He says they used water to fight the fire.
He says the cause of the fire is officially unknown, but it was contained to the air filtering system outside of the building. He says he believes a filter started on fire and that started the rest of the fire. He says there was also some duct work damage, as it was a very hot fire.
Chief Wallenberg reports that the filtering system was destroyed, and there was lots of smoke in the building.
He says they used less than a thousand gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene 45 minutes.
Wallenberg says there were no injuries reported.
He says they originally called the Hull Fire Department for help, and they were on their way, but when Rock Valley Firefighters knew what they were dealing with, they told the Hull department that they were not needed this time.