Old Farm Site Near Sibley Destroyed In Monday Night Fire

Sibley, Iowa — Three old dilapidated buildings were destroyed in a fire on Monday, May 15, 2023, near Sibley.

According to Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls, at about 9:15 p.m., the Sibley Fire Department was called to the report of a controlled burn that got out of hand at 1402 Northwest Boulevard, three miles northeast of Sibley.

The chief says the fire department saw the fire all the way from Sibley so they knew it was not a small fire. They called for the help of the Little Rock Fire Department right away, says Huls. He tells us it looked like an inferno, with the whole farm on fire. He tells us it started with two small trash fires that were burning while someone was cleaning up the property but they got out of hand and embers blew into the buildings and soon everything except the unoccupied house on the property was on fire.

Huls tells us the buildings included a barn and a machine shed, but he says, there was nothing of value in the buildings. In fact, he says they were scheduled for demolition anyway

Huls says no injuries were reported to people, pets, or livestock.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene until nearly midnight.


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