Payloader Destroyed In Fire Near Rock Rapids

Rock Rapids, Iowa — A payloader was destroyed in a fire on Friday, June 14, 2024, near Rock Rapids.

According to Rock Rapids Assistant Fire Chief Eric Borman, at about 12:30 p.m., the Rock Rapids Fire Department was called to the report of a payloader on fire at 2548 180th Street, two miles south and five and a half west of Rock Rapids on A26.

The assistant chief says the fire department saw the payloader fully engulfed as they approached the scene. He says they used high-pressure foam from one truck and regular foam from another to fight the fire.

Borman says no injuries were reported.

He says the cause of the fire is undetermined, but was probably electrical in nature.

Assistant Chief Borman reports that the payloader was totaled.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about 20 minutes.

A little later on Friday, the Sanborn Fire Department was called out to a grass fire west of Sanborn. Fire Chief Randy Lyman tells us that someone had been burning trash and the fire got into a pasture, where it burned the dead vegetation, but the growing vegetation was basically unharmed.


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