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Machine shed and its contents destroyed

Lyon County Reporter of Rock Rapids, Iowa

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A machine shed at George Klocko's acreage two miles south of Rock Rapids and its contents are a total loss after a late morning fire Thursday, Oct. 29.

The Rock Rapids fire department was called to the report of a structure fire at approximately 11:40 a.m.

"As we got there, the building was fully engulfed with lots of smoke coming out," said fire chief Ed Reck. "There wasn't much we could do except work to knock down the flames."

Firefighters used an exterior attack, putting holes in the sides and pushing water to extinguish the fire. Reck estimates they used 8,000 gallons of water to fight the fire and crews were on scene for about two and one-half hours.

The Alvord fire department was also called to assist. "Their guys provided water and helped bring water out from a hydrant in town," explained Reck. Crews took water from the hydrant on 12th Avenue on the south edge of Rock Rapids.

The machine shed, which housed a shop area, equipment, vehicles and other machinery, were a complete loss. The cause of the fire is thought to be related to a shop heater. "I can't say for sure but that's what it appears to be," said Reck. No dollar figure for the amount of damage was available.

As crews worked over the lunch hour, the firefighters' wives brought lunch, generously donated by businesses in town. "One of them (wives) went to Sunshine to get sandwich meat and buns and Sunshine donated the items when they found out what it was for," said Reck. "Shari's Kitchen also donated cookies."

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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