Barn Fire reported south of Atlantic, Monday


May 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Firefighters were called to the scene of a barn fire this (Monday) afternoon, about a mile and a-half south of town. The call from the Calvin Knop farm at 58748 630th Street (Highway 71), came in at 2:55-p.m.

Barn Fire south of Atlantic, Monday.

Several sheep were housed in the barn, but they were moved out before firefighters arrived, and buckets were being used to douse the area where smoke was seen. Atlantic Fire Department 2nd Assistant Fire Chief Tim Cappel told KJAN News when the first crews arrived there were no visible flames coming from the building. Upon further investigation, they did discover charred, smoldering wood in the upper floor near a corner of the barn, where  electricity comes into the building.

Cappel said Brown Electric arrived and quickly shut off the power. They were also working to fix the problem with an apparent electrical short. Cappel said there was minimal damage to the structure.

Firefighters were on the scene for about 35-to 40-minutes. There were no injuries, and none of the animals were harmed.