Lights and Sirens

Thursday Night Fire Destroys Rural Sibley Outbuilding

Sibley, Iowa — Fire destroyed an outbuilding on a farm southwest of Sibley late Thursday night.

Sibley Fire Chief Ken Huls says his department was paged for a fire in a shed behind a house at an address on Oak Hill Avenue about 10:35 Thursday night. Chief Huls says when fire crews arrived on scene they discovered an approximately 70-foot long lean-to shed with its roof fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze fairly quickly, Huls says, but since the building contained several round bales of hay, fire crews spent a significant amount of time making sure all of the hot spots were extinguished.

In addition to the hay bales, the building also contained a 1980’s vintage Ford pickup and other items. Huls says the building and its contents were a total loss in the blaze.

According to Huls, the farm’s resident had been conducting a controlled burn earlier and left when he thought the fire was completely out. Huls says apparently the winds caused a flare-up, with embers blown onto the roof of the shed, igniting the fire.

No injuries were reported and the Chief says firefighters were on scene for about an hour and a half.

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