Fires keep department busy

FAIRMONT – Fairmont firefighters were busy Monday night and Tuesday morning, responding to calls about a grain bin fire on 105th Street and a dryer fire on County Road 39.

According to Fairmont Fire Chief Doug Borchardt, the fire department was called out shortly before 6:15 Monday evening for a grain bin fire at Lunz Farms Inc., in the 2300 block of 105th Street.

Borchart estimates firefighters were at the scene until midnight, then were called back twice – at 2:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. – after the fire reignited.

Several other area fire departments assisted at the scene.

“We finally got a crane in there to take the top off, so we got it out now,” Borchardt said Tuesday afternoon.

Borchardt estimated there was about $55,000 in damage at Lunz Farms.

A second fire call was received shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday for a dryer fire along County Road 39 at Dutch Creek Farms.

The blaze was quickly extinguished, with damage estimated at about $10,000.