Shelby County Fires (update: 8:30-a.m. Thursday)


May 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from two Shelby County Departments were called to the scene of a grass fire east of Kirkman Wednesday afternoon. The call was dispatched at around 2:30-p.m to 1408 on County Road M47. Crews from Kirkman and Irwin were sent to the scene. Mike Rasmussen, Kirkman Fire Chief, says Nishnabotna REC was called to the scene as well. He says the fire started with two power lines rubbing through the trees. Rasmussen said no structural damage was done to the barn located nearby. The two fire crews were on scene for about an hour.

In addition, the Harlan Fire Department was dispatched 3002 12th Street in Harlan, Lot #83, after a report was received about a porch on fire. The call came in at 2:38-p.m. Roger Bissen, Harlan Fire Chief was first to arrive on scene. He said a deck was on fire, and a handicap ramp leading up to the deck. A fire began under the ramp and started to melt the siding on the side of the trailer. The Harlan Fire Department was there for about 30 minutes taking care of the fire. Bissen said damage done to the ramp; deck and trailer amounted to $2,000. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. No injuries were reported in either fire.

(Joel McCall/KNOD-Harlan)