75 Cornstalk Bales Destroyed In Monday Fire Near Granville

Granville, Iowa — About 75 round bales were destroyed in a fire on Monday, April 15, 2024, near Granville, and four fire departments fought the blaze.

According to Granville Fire Chief Karl Kellen, a few minutes before 5:00 p.m., the Granville Fire Department was called to the report of a corn stalk fire at 4361 460th Street, about two and a half miles west of Granville on Highway 10.

The chief says the fire department saw the bales on fire as they approached the scene. He says they put out the obvious flames and then loaded the bales on two manure spreaders to be taken out to a field and disked under in case there were any remaining hot spots.

Kellen says no injuries were reported.

The fire department was assisted by firefighters from Hospers, Alton, and Orange City.

He says the cause of the fire appeared to be a spark from the cutting edge of the loader bucket, as that was the only ignition source nearby.

Chief Kellen reports that 75 cornstalk bales and a pile of ground hay were destroyed in the fire.

He says the firefighters who responded were on the scene for about three hours.


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