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Firefighters Believe Machine Shed Fire Started in Nearby Shack



(NEAR SALIX, IA) Firefighters and emergency vehicles were scattered all around a machine shed off Port Neal Road late Sunday night.

It took a few hours before fire officials from Salix, Sergeant bluff and the 185th could control the fire and even Monday, hot spots could be seen smoking through the debris.
"We do still have a couple of spots smoking, but they're pretty much contained to one area and they're not going to burn anywhere so, we've just kind of left it at that," said Fire Chief Justin Iverson, from the Salix Fire Department.
The call came in around 11 o'clock Sunday evening and when fire fighters got out to the area they realized back up was needed -- partly for the man power but also for more water.

"It's a large fire. The main thing out here, right where we are located is there's no immediate access to hydrants since it's out in the country so we have to transport all our water out to the location," said Chief Iverson.
More than 30 firefighters showed up to lend a hand.
The roof was so badly damaged that part of it collapsed which meant firefighters couldn't battle this fire from the inside.
"It looked like the main shop was insulated with a flammable foam so once the fire got into the roof and caught the foam on fire it started burning really really hot. The main support beams, since it's an all steel structure, starting fatiguing and starting bowing," he said.
The owner of the shed got his excavator out and helped firefighters pull the siding off so officials could put out more hot spots. Fire officials believe the fire started in a trailer house on the side of the shed.
An investigation into how the fire started is ongoing but firefighters say it's going to be tough because there's not much left to go off of.

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