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10/25/2013 8:54:00 PM
Sublette, Ohio,firefighters help Amboy at farm fire

Craig Sterrett
News Editor

AMBOY — Sixteen fire departments helped put out a fire that destroyed three farm buildings in Amboy’s fire district Friday afternoon and evening.

Amboy Fire Department was called to the Dan Yocuum farm about eight miles north of Amboy at 1 p.m. and arrived to find three out buildings burning. A 40-foot by 100-foot machine shed that was about one third full of hay or straw was burning, as was a 20x40 building and a smaller building, Amboy chief Jeff Bryant said.

Firefighters’ immediately made sure the fire did not spread to a house on the property.
Sublette, Dixon Rural and Dixon City firefighters were called soon to assist Amboy, and before long, Ohio, Walnut, West Brooklyn, Harmon, Paw Paw, Troy Grove, LaMoille, Franklin Grove, Ashton, Rock Falls, Sterling and Rochelle departments were called to bring water.

Franklin Grove put out fire when it spread into part of a nearby cornfield.
Bryant said no one was injured in the fire or battling the blaze. A state fire marshal’s investigator came to the scene, and Bryant listed the cause as undetermined at this time.

He has initially estimated the damage at $200,000. He said a lot of the farm implements were not in the buildings because the owner was harvesting crops at the time.

Dixon’s tower truck doused the hay and burning, collapsed pole buildings from above. After everything was wetted down, the homeowner brought an excavator in to spread out the straw and hay.

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