By Grayson Schmidt, Ames Tribune:
Two firefighters were hospitalized while battling a wind-swept fire at Black’s Heritage Farm just south of Ames, that Kelley Assistant Fire Chief Randy Graham said lasted over 12 hours.
According to Graham, firefighters responded to a call of a structure fire around 5 p.m. Monday at Black’s Heritage Farm — 26107 530th Ave. — with reports of a fire to an outbuilding. Graham said that even before firefighters arrived, he said two explosions could be heard when his fire engine was two miles from the site, south of Ames.
“The first explosion went off and you could feel the percussion of that explosion, and that was two miles away,” Graham said. “You want to talk about a ball of flame and the black smoke that came rolling out; it was unbelievable.”
Graham said when firefighters arrived the building was engulfed in flames, and a team of almost 70 firefighters from Kelley, Slater, Huxley, Gilbert, Cambridge, Madrid, Colo, and Nevada attempted to control the flames from spreading. Graham said that strong winds were able to spread the fire to an adjacent building attached by a breezeway, and to stacks of wood that he said were used by Dakota Access used for road-crossings and ditch-crossings when the pipeline was put in. Graham said that with roughly 1,000 pieces of wood (similar to railroad ties) and high winds, the fire was able to spread quickly.
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