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Posted on: November 29, 2017

Press Release - Grinnell Fire Department

Press Release: On November 28,2017 at 12:54 PM Grinnell Fire Department received a report of a tire fire at Morrison Repair at 255 420th Ave in rural Grinnell. On arrival firefighters were met with heavy black smoke pushing in their direction. There was an 80'X45' out building housing multiple tractors and other pieces of farm equipment, a semi-trailer full of tires and several piles of used tires fully involved. The fire was being spread quickly by the wind and had surrounded a second building containing waste oil and tires. Firefighters were able to save the second building and used several thousands of gallons of water and foam to extinguish the remaining building and tires. The owner of the property, Ron Morrison, received burns to his face trying to get the tractors out of the building and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. The fire spread from a burn being conducted by Jasper Construction at the rear of the property. Early rough estimate is around $500,000. 20 Grinnell Firefighters responded with three Pumpers, two Brush Trucks, a Rescue, a Tanker and a Foam Trailer. Ten firefighters with a Pumper and four Tankers responded mutual aid from Malcom, Gilman, Kellogg and Searsboro Fire Departments. Midwest Ambulance Service and Poweshiek County Emergency Management provided rehab and the Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office provided traffic control.  

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