Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux Center Fire Department had a busy weekend.
An ATV, the tire of a skid loader and five round bales were destroyed in a fire on Friday, May 12, 2017 near Sioux Center.
According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, about 4:05 PM, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of hay bales on fire near buildings and vehicles on Keith Byker’s farm, three miles east of Sioux Center on B40.
The chief says the fire department saw the ATV, the skid loader and five bales on fire as they approached the scene. He says they took the round bales out to the field and let them burn. He says they were able to save the skid loader, which only lost a tire; but the ATV was totaled.
Van Holland says no injuries were reported.
He says the fire appeared to have been ignited by sparks from a trash fire.
The next day, Saturday, May 13th, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of a field on fire at 2280 370th Street, which is about eight miles west and two north of Sioux Center. Chief Van Holland says that it was just corn stubble, so there was little to no loss. However, the Rock Valley and Hawarden Fire Departments were called to assist. The cause of the second fire was undetermined, according to Van Holland.
Van Holland says that on Saturday night, their department also assisted with a structure fire in Orange City.