UPDATE: Sheldon & Hospers Fire Departments Respond To Blaze South Of Sheldon

Sheldon Fire Tanker 1 Sept 2015

Sheldon, Iowa — Eleven round bales of bean straw were destroyed in a fire south of Sheldon Thursday morning.

Sheldon Fire Chief Jerry Meyer says his department was called out shortly before 11:00 am Thursday to a fire at 370th Street and McKinley Avenue.  The Chief says a farmer was pulling two trailer loads of round bales of bean straw when a wheel bearing on one of the hay trailers locked up and over heated, causing the bales to catch fire.

Meyer says his department called for backup from the Hospers Fire Department, who brought their tanker to provide water to help fight the blaze.

The Sheldon Emergency Management Agency also assisted at the scene, directing traffic.  The road was closed for a period of time due to the road being blocked by fire apparatus.

Meyer says firefighters were on scene for about an hour and a half.


Original Story:

Sheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a rack and bale fire at 370th and McKinley Avenue shortly before 11:00 o’clock this (Thursday) morning.  Shortly thereafter Sheldon firefighters requested assistance from the Hospers Fire Department.

Sheldon EMA was also dispatched to provide traffic control.  A short time later, EMA officials contacted KIWA, asking that we announce that McKinley Avenue was closed in that area, and that people should avoid the area.

We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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