Fire At Sioux Center Auto Parts Store Causes $2.5 Million In Damage

Sioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center auto parts store was destroyed in an overnight fire early Tuesday, April 16, 2024, causing damage in the millions of dollars.

According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, at about 2:15 a.m., the Sioux Center Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 1011 North Main Avenue, the town’s NAPA Auto Parts store.

When firefighters arrived, Van Holland says the structure was found to be fully engulfed with flames coming from the roof. He says they set up their aerial truck and used it to knock down the fire.

The Ireton Fire Department is automatically paged to structure fire calls in Sioux Center, but Van Holland says they also called for assistance from the Hull, Orange City, and Rock Valley fire departments.

He says firefighters knocked down the flames and then performed salvage and overhaul to extinguish the hot spots.

The Sioux Center Ambulance Squad, Sioux Center Police Department, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities, and Sioux County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance.

Van Holland says damages are estimated at $2.5 million, and the fire is currently under investigation.

Paul Poppin, the NAPA Store Manager says officials suspect lightning may have started the fire, but the ongoing investigation will determine that. Poppin also says the store was preparing to move, as Central Vet Clinic, who owns the property, has a planned expansion that will use the land. He says the fire moves up the timeline for their move to a temporary location.

(With assistance and photo from fellow Community First Broadcasting station KSOU in Sioux Center)