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Fire destroys barn near Larrabee

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tuesday morning, fire departments from Larrabee, Paullina, Calumet, Cherokee, and Sutherland responded to a rural fire call northwest of Larrabee in Cherokee County to a barn that was on fire and subsequently destroyed. Paullina businesses and individuals donated food and water for the fire fighters on scene. The items were delivered by volunteers to the scene. Photo courtesy of the Paullina Times
LARRABEE - The Larrabee Fire Department responded to a fire that broke-out sometime during the mid-morning hours Tuesday at a farm owned by David Wester, located three miles north and two miles west of Highway 59 at 1524 420th St.

Larrabee Fire Chief Jeff Friedrichsen stated, "It looks like Wester was burning in the morning and the fire shifted to some corn stock bales and then spread to a nearby barn. When we arrived on the scene the barn was already on fire."

At one point, firefighters from five departments, Larrabee, Cherokee, Calumet, Sutherland and Paullina were all on the scene battling the flames.

Fire crews were still on the scene of the farm fire in Cherokee County as of noon on Tuesday. The other departments were on the scene for a total of five hours.

"Due to the wind and heat on Tuesday, we were having some fire suppression issues," said Friedrichsen.

When residents in Paullina heard about the fire, 20 pizzas were donated to the departments by Dynos of Paullina, along with several cases of water donated by United Foods of Paullina, where as customers in the food store hearing about the firemen's efforts, also donated cases of water.

Reports on whether any livestock or equipment were lost are unknown at this time.

The fire was pretty well knocked down by the mid-afternoon, but fire crews from Sutherland and Calumet remained at the scene to watch for hot spots.

Thanks to the efforts of the fire crews, the fire was stopped from spreading to the house nearby and no injuries were reported, according to Friedrichsen.

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