Wind-whipped fire destroys garage

No injuries in Saturday blaze

-Submitted photo
Fort Dodge firefighters work at the scene of a garage fire at 909 S. 27th St. Saturday night.

A garage and a car were destroyed in a Saturday evening fire in Fort Dodge that was fanned by powerful wind gusts.

No one was injured in the blaze at 909 S. 27th St.

The very strong winds in the area were the root cause of the fire, according to Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter. He said the winds knocked down power lines in the alley behind 909 S. 27th St. Those live wires ignited grass and a wooden fence. The flames rapidly spread to the car, which was parked outside the garage, and the building.

The fire was reported at 6:35 p.m.

Firefighters arrived to find the car and the garage on fire, with flames threatening to spread to the house and a neighboring garage.

Firefighters used two hoselines to extinguish the blaze. They prevented the fire from spreading into the house and limited damage to the neighboring garage.

Part of the roof on the burning garage caved in.

Off-duty firefighters were called back to work to handle any other emergencies in the city. Hergenreter said they responded to three medical emergency calls while the other firefighters were working on South 27th Street.

The property is owned by Timothy and Julie Pingel.

Fort Dodge police and MidAmerican Energy crews responded along with the Fire Department.


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