Local firemen face flames, smoke and wind Tuesday

Local firemen face flames, smoke and wind Tuesday Members of the Vermillion and Gayville fire departments were challenged by wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour that fed a blaze that was quickly spreading throughout parts of the farm yard of the Karen Kaeberle residence south of Meckling Tuesday evening. The fire destroyed a barn, spread to a hay stack and from there began to eat away at a windbreak of large trees. Members of the Vermillion and Gayville fire departments were challenged by wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour that fed a blaze that was quickly spreading throughout parts of the farm yard of the Karen Kaeberle residence south of Meckling Tuesday evening. The fire destroyed a barn, spread to a hay stack and from there began to eat away at a windbreak of large trees. The barn was destroyed and the hay was lost. Not all of the trees in the windbreak caught fire, however. Fire Chief Doug Brunick said firefighters first worked on containing the blaze so it wouldn't spread any further. That was a challenge, because the flames were easily pushed along by the high winds. Firemen then moved in and extinguished the flames. They were at the scene for nearly four hours.

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