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Shop burns at Sparboe Farms

By Staff | Jan 14, 2014

FIREFIGHTERS FROM FOUR area departments work to get a Sparboe Farms shop building blaze under control Tuesday morning. The building was a total loss. It appears the fire was started by a heater malfunction. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the shop building. Initial reports said fire departments responding were from Badger, Vincent, Clare and Humboldt.

HUMBOLDT – A maintenance shop and the equipment inside were destroyed in a fire at an egg-production facility near the Webster and Humboldt county borders Tuesday morning.

The fire at Sparboe Farms, 2088 120th St., was reported around 8 a.m.

Badger Fire Chief Glen Westling said the fire was discovered by a farm worker who had gotten a piece of equipment out of the shop.

“He was next to the feed plant when he smelled something and went to look at what it was,” Westling said.

When the worker saw the fire, he called the fire department.

AN AMBULANCE FROM Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge arrives at the fire at Sparboe Farms, north of Fort Dodge. It was called to the scene as a standby precaution.

“It appeared to have started up high toward the ceiling of the shop,” Westling said. “When we arrived the roof was already starting to collapse in, but the side walls were still intact.”

Because of the wind, Westling said fire departments from Clare, Vincent and Humboldt also responded to the scene in case the fire spread. However, Westling said the blaze was contained to the maintenance shop.

“It did not get into the laying building where the hens are,” he said.

It appears the fire was started by a heater malfunction.

“The maintenance shop is totally destroyed, along with all the equipment inside,” Westling said. “There was one payloader and possibly a skid-loader in there, as well as compressors and tools.”

Webster County Chief Deputy Rod Strait, who was also on the scene, said although the smoke was blown across U.S. Highway 169, it didn’t have to be closed.

The Iowa Department of Transportation and Iowa State Patrol also responded to help with traffic control.

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