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Friday fire destroys five farm buildings

Monday, November 26, 2001

Five farm buildings, 20 round bales and about 600 regular hay bales were burned Friday on the Scott DeBoer farm at 23882 150th St.

The Le Mars Fire Department received a call at 10:39 a.m. of a corn crib fire. That fire had caught from a burn pit in use Friday morning on the southeast side of the buildings on the property owned by Jerrold DeBoer.

"The wind came up and caught the buildings," said Le Mars Fire Chief Wayne Schipper.

A passerby saw the fire and notified Sandy DeBoer, who called 911. She then called her brother-in-law, Kevin DeBoer who lives nearby. Kevin and his father, Jerrold, rushed to the scene. They were able to get cattle out of the barn with help from the passerby and a neighbor, Merrill McNaughton. Kevin was able to get a farm stock truck out of the shed attached to the barn, driving through flames.

"No one was hurt," said Kevin, who was concerned about his brother, Scott, who was located at another farm.

"By the time we got there, the corn crib was gone," said Kevin. Destroyed in the blaze were the corn crib, a barn, two hog shelters and a cattle shed, along with hay and straw bales in the barn and round bales by the cattle shed.

The Akron Fire Department was called to assist with water to fight the blaze.

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