Sioux Center Fire Department Responds To Gasoline Accident, Baler Fire

Sioux Center, Iowa — The Sioux Center Fire Department responded to two fire calls in two days this week.

According to Sioux Center Fire Chief David Van Holland, at about 1:35 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2nd, the Sioux Center Fire Department was called to the report of an unknown fire at 3127 370th Street, just north of Sioux Center.

The chief says the fire department noticed thick black smoke on the way to the fire so he radioed to dispatch to have them page the Rock Valley and Hull Fire Departments to the scene as well, but when they found out what they were dealing with, he told them they could turn around and go back to their stations.

What they were dealing with was someone who was using gasoline and somehow it ignited. He says they assume some sort of static electricity was created and the tiny spark was enough to ignite the fumes. He says the worst part about it is the individual did sustain some burns to their feet and was taken to the Sioux Center Health Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.

He tells us the only thing that really burned in the fire were about six tires in the shed where the accident happened.

He says the firefighters who responded were on that scene for a half hour to 45 minutes.

Van Holland says that the night before — Monday — they were called to a baler fire in the 11 p.m. hour. He says they found the baler on fire along with a couple of bales in the field. He says the baler was totaled in the blaze, and they were on that scene for about 45 minutes.


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