Three Departments Fight Grain Bin Fire

Date posted - October 19, 2015

Paullina, Iowa — Ten thousand bushels of corn was destroyed in a fire on Sunday, October 18, 2015 near Paullina.
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According to Paullina Fire Chief Brian Feltman, about 3:30 PM, the Paullina Fire Department was called to the report of grain bin fire at 5534 430th Street, about three miles north of Paullina on the Phillip Simm farm.

The chief says the fire department saw smoke coming from the top of the bin as they approached the scene. He says they broke into the bin on two sides, and slid the burning grain out of the bin. He says they sprayed water on the burning corn and then unloaded what was left.

Feltman says no injuries were reported.

The fire department was assisted by the Primghar and Archer fire departments, who provided water and manpower.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be that the bin’s stirator had overheated.

Chief Feltman reports that damage was estimated at $30,000, including the damaged corn and the two bin panels that will have to be replaced.

He says they used 3000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene until 7:20 PM.

KIWA has been able to obtain the details on a couple of other recent fire calls.

The Orange City fire department recently fought a field fire at 500th Street between Ironwood and Indian Avenues. Fire Chief Denny VanderWel says damage was minimal.

About 11:30 on Sunday, October 18, 2015, The Calumet Fire Department was called to a field fire about a mile south of Calumet on Highway 59. Fire Chief Mike Jensen reports it was a minor fire.

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