Corn crib destroyed in Sunday blaze

Firefighters stop spread to other buildings on rural Harcourt farm

-Messenger photo by Bill Shea
The remains of a corn crib at 3585 Kansas Ave. continue to burn after it collapsed in flames Sunday evening. No one was injured and no other property was damaged.

HARCOURT — An old corn crib on a southern Webster County farm was destroyed by fire Sunday evening.

No one was injured. Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to any other buildings.

The fire at 3585 Kansas Ave. was reported at 4:37 p.m.

Dayton Fire Chief Luke Hainzinger was nearby when the fire broke out and was the first firefighter on the scene.

He said embers from a pile of burning brush landed on the wood shake shingles on the roof of the corn crib. He said within a couple minutes the situation progressed from a small fire on the peak of the roof to the entire structure being engulfed in flames.

Preventing the flames from spreading to anything else was the priority for firefighters. Water was sprayed onto a nearby tractor, a propane tank, a garage and a house.

“They made a really good stop and protected the exposures,” Hainzinger said.

The corn crib was allowed to collapse in flames. Its remains continued to smolder Sunday night.

The property is owned by Blake and Kylee Kromrie, according to online records of the Webster County Assessor’s Office.

Firefighters from Harcourt, Gowrie, Dayton and Callender responded. Webster County sheriff’s deputies and Gowrie police were also on scene.


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