Late night fire near Elliott


October 11th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Griswold and Elliott spent about three-hours fighting a fire two-miles north of Elliott last night. The call about the blaze at 540th and Yankton Road came in at around midnight. Griswold Fire Chief Jim Wyman says when they arrived on the scene, a vacant house with an adjacent trailer was fully engulfed in flames.

Mutual aid provided by firefighters from Elliott was dispatched at around 12:08-a.m. Tuesday, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Wyman told KJAN News the structures were a complete loss, and there wasn’t much left to do except clean-up the mess left behind and prevent the fire from spreading to three nearby corn fields . He says the cause of the fire remains undetermined, and because the home was unoccupied, the State Fire Marshal will not be called-in to investigate. Wyman says he hopes this isn’t the beginning of a trend.

Wyman said he “Just wonders where the next one is gonna be.” No injuries were reported. According to Wyman,  a calm wind and heavy air prevented the spread of the fire to the fields. Fog was not a problem on the way to the fire, but Wyman says on the way back to the station, it was a problem they had to contend with. Early this (Tuesday) morning, visibilities were down to less than one-quarter of a mile.