George Fire Chief Bill Sprock says the call went out about 3:30 Saturday afternoon. He says it was a place owned by a corporation, but the contents of the barn were owned by Nate Schulte of Rock Rapids. The address of the fire was 1652 Jefferson Avenue. Sprock says that’s four miles north, a mile west, and another mile and a half north
No one was living on the place.
Chief Sprock says by the time the first fire crews were on-scene, the barn was already down, so they concentrated their efforts on defending the other buildings on the property. He says the fire fighting effort was made more difficult due to the 35 mile-per-hour winds that were blowing on Saturday.
At this time, the chief says the cause seems to have been electrical in nature.
He says 35 head of baby calves were lost in the fire, and the building was completely destroyed. There was also some hay in the barn as well. The chief estimates damage will top $50,000.
The George Fire Department called for water from the Ellsworth (MN) and Little Rock Fire Departments.
The chief reports about 20,000 gallons of water were used to fight the fire, and crews were there for about 3 hours — until 6:30 PM.