(Le Mars) — Firefighters were called to a reported barn fire that occurred at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The fire was at a vacant farm at the intersection of 200th Street and Nobel Avenue, approximately five miles east-southeast of Le Mars. Upon arrival, thick smoke could be seen. Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the initial fire at a small shed was spreading to other nearby barns and structures.
Schipper called for mutual aid from neighboring fire departments in order to help transport water to the fire scene.
Schipper says all the firefighters were tired after battling the blaze for nearly two hours, but he is appreciative of the work and efforts of all the surrounding communities, and since the firefighters were able to save three buildings including a grove of trees from being destroyed by the fire. The fire remains under investigation. However, Schipper admitted since the farm is vacant and there isn’t any electrical power to the farm, the origin of the fire is suspicious.
Firefighters were on the scene for more than two hours.