(Le Mars) — Firefighters were called to a farm northwest of town at about 10:00 p.m. Monday evening for a tractor that had caught on fire. Upon arriving at 13281 county road K-42, firefighters saw a four-wheel drive Case-IH tractor fully engulfed in flames, and the attached planter also started on fire. Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper tells of the damages.
Schipper says due to the extensive damage, it would be difficult to accurately determine the cause of the fire, but Schipper does have an idea as to what maybe the reason for the fire.
The tractor had been shut off and was not in use during the time the fire was first spotted. Schipper says the farmer was doing his chores when he noticed the tractor was on fire.
Schipper says the winds were of benefit in one sense. Because the winds were blowing from the north, the fire was contained to the tractor and did not spread to the farm’s buildings. Firefighters were at the scene for nearly an hour.