Lights and Sirens

Trio Of False Alarms Keep Sheldon Firefighters Hopping

Sheldon, Iowa — A trio of false alarms kept the Sheldon Fire Company busy over the weekend.

It all began shortly before 5:00 Friday afternoon, when firefighters were paged to respond to a fire alarm at Sheldon Middle School. Assistant Chief Randy Harms says fire crews discovered that falling insulation being caused by roof repairs had set off a detector, and tripped the fire alarm. Firefighters were on the scene for about 35 minutes.

About ten minutes after returning from the Middle School alarm, firefighters were dispatched to Fieldcrest Assisted Living for a commercial fire alarm. Harms says firefighters discovered that burnt food on a stove was to blame for that false alarm. Fire crews returned to the station after about 15 minutes on-scene.

The third call came around 9:45 Saturday morning. Harms says in that case, a passing motorist called 911 to report a house fire at Highway 18 and Nettle Avenue, which is the first intersection to the east of the 18 & 60 junction. Harms says when firefighters arrived on scene, no fire could be found. Sheldon firefighters were back at the station within about 25 minutes.