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Silo fire fought

By Xiomara Levsen | Apr 01, 2014
Kalona and Washington fire departments fought a fire in one of three silos in the 1300 block of Locust Avenue in Kalona Monday afternoon and evening. The departments did what they could to extinguish the blaze but they fear the silo is still smouldering.

KALONA—The Kalona Fire Department responded to a silo fire located in the 1300 block of Locust Avenue Monday.
The call came into the Washington County Communications Center at 4:34 p.m., according to the call log. The caller reported the silo was smoking at the time.
Kalona Fire Department Chief Steve Yotty said the silo belongs to Emery Gingerich. Yotty isn’t sure what caused the fire but thinks it was due to spontaneous combustion.
The exterior of the silo wasn’t damaged from the fire but some silage was lost, Yotty said.
The Washington Fire Department’s ladder was called to the scene to assist with putting the fire out.
“We used their ladder truck to spray water down into the silo from the top,” Yotty said. “We just soaked it down.”
The fire departments left the scene around 6 p.m., the call log said. Yotty said there wasn’t much else they could do.
“We did everything we could,” he said. “It might still be smoldering today and he’ll [Gingerich] have to keep an eye on it as he uses it.”

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