Sheldon Fire Responds to Structure Fire
At 10:56 on Dec. 7, 2021 Sheldon Fire Co was paged to a structure fire at 3587 Monroe Ave. Prior to arriving on scene Sheldon Fire asked for mutual aid for a tanker and manpower from the Hospers Fire Department due to the large amount of smoke that could be seen from the edge of town.
The fire was reported by a neighbor that seen the smoke down the road from his place.
On arrival firefighters found a metal garage/shop totally engulfed in fire. Firefighters went into a defensive attack due to the building being totally engulfed and having electricity still on to the building, propane tanks venting, live ammunition exploding and the roof falling in. Firefighters also cooled the outbuilding that was near the shop.
The fire was under control in about 30 minutes.
A request was made for a backhoe from Sheldon Farmers Market to come out to the scene and remove the remaining walls and remove roofing metal to get at the remaining hot spots.
The fire appears to have started on the west side of the building near the area of a wood burner, but the actual cause is underdetermined.
Lost in the fire was a Chevy pickup truck, Chevy blazer, boat, and a large amount of shop tools. Everything was a total loss.
Firefighters were on scene for about 2½ hours. 24 firefighters were on scene, used about 15,000 gallons of water and 65 gallons of foam.
Sheldon Fire was assisted by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Hospers Fire Department, Sheldon Community Ambulance team, Northwest REC and Sheldon Farmers Market.
Sheldon Fire was back in service at 14:30.