Three Fire Departments Fight Blaze
Date posted - October 20, 2015
Inwood, Iowa — A combine was damaged in a fire fought by three area departments on Monday, October 19, 2015 near Inwood.
According to Inwood Fire Chief Mike Knobloch, about 12:30 PM, the Inwood Fire Department was called to the report of a field and combine fire in the 2600 block of Dipper Avenue, about three to three and a half miles southeast of Inwood.
The chief says the fire department saw lots of smoke as they approached the scene, and it was windy.
The fire department was assisted by the Doon and Alvord Fire Departments, and he says seven or eight farmers came to the scene with tractors and disks and helped as well.
He says the cause of the fire appeared to be that something got hot on the combine, and that started the field on fire.
Chief Knobloch reports that there was minimal damage to the combine, which was owned by Jack Hamann. He says there was some standing corn that burned, but most of the fire was in cornstalks and bean stubble. He did say that the wind was so strong that the fire jumped the road at one point.
He says no injuries were reported.
He says they used at least 6000 gallons of water to fight the fire, and crews were on scene for about two hours and forty-five minutes.
The elevated number of fire calls continues in the area.