Midwest Ag suffers $50,000 in fire damage

Members of the Vermillion Fire Department prepare to enter the Midwest Ag building Friday night. Passers-by reported smoke and flames coming from the structure. (Photo by David Lias)

Members of the Vermillion Fire Department prepare to enter the Midwest Ag building Friday night. Passers-by reported smoke and flames coming from the structure. View more photos taken at the scene at spotted.plaintalk.net. (Photo by David Lias)

By David Lias

david.lias@plaintalk.net

Midwest Ag, located in the 1400 block of E. Cherry Street, Vermillion, suffered an estimated $50,000 in damages from a fire Friday night, Feb. 1.

The Vermillion Fire Department responded to reports of the fire at 8:40 p.m. Friday.

According to a report from Vermillion Fire Chief Richard Draper, motorists driving past the Midwest Ag business reported to 911 smoke and fire coming from the building. First units on scene reported heavy smoke conditions and fire in the rear of the building. Upon entry, crews moved equipment including a skid steer to a safe area and extinguished multiple fires including a large burning oil tank.

The fire department’s quick interior attack and coordinated ventilation limited the smoke and fire damage to the production area of the business ultimately limiting damage.

Responding units were: Vermillion Fire Department – Ladder 1, Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Rescue 1, and Utility  1; Yankton Fire Department – Ladder 1, Support Air Truck; Vermillion Police and Clay County Sheriff.

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