Fires keep firefighters busy this past week

Four fires this past week have kept firefighters from both Boyceville and Glenwood City busy.  The Glenwood City department answered two calls plus assisted the Boyceville Department at another.

[emember_protected] The Boyceville Fire Department extinguished a blaze at the Specialty Pallet firm on East Street Friday, November 17 and then were called to the Wheaton Grain facility east of Connorsville for a fire in the corn drying equipment Saturday evening.

The Glenwood City Department extinguished a fire in a 1984 Ford F-350 pickup truck on East Oak Street Thursday morning, November 16. The truck, owned and driven by Patrick Hinger of Star Prairie, WI, was apparently east bound on Oak Street around 8:40 a.m. with a load of rocks when smoke was noticed coming from the engine compartment. 

Hinger pulled over to the south side curb in the 300 block of East Oak Street in front of the home of Dolly Donovan and exited the truck with a dog that had been riding with him. He called 911. By the time the fire department arrived, the engine compartment was fully involved and extended into the cab. The pickup was a total loss. No injuries were reported.

At about 4 a.m. Friday, the department was called to the home of Don Frazier at 515 Syme Avenue in Glenwood City where occupants call 911 and reported the house was filling with smoke. Firefighter quickly extinguished the fire, which was confined to a reclining chair and electric heater on the first floor. The residents were sleeping on the second floor and they escaped without injury as did several pets.

At Specialty Pallet and Crate Company at 205 East Street on Boyceville’s North side shortly after 11:23 a.m. on Thursday, November 16, a fire broke out in an outside enclosure that housed a chipper/blower unit motor. Apparently, a hot bearing caused the motor to overheat and start on fire. Firefighter’s quickly contained the fire after they removed much of the sawdust and chips that had built up inside the enclosure, which suffered extensive damage.

The blower unit was attached to an inside chipper that ground up used pallets and expelled the wood chips outside.

The state wide Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated for the fire alarm at the Wheaton Grain complex at N12390 170th Street in New Haven Township Saturday, November 18th  at 5:25 p.m.. The facility is located just south of Highway 64 about a mile east of Connorsville. 

Here fire of undetermined cause ignited corn that was in a dryer unit.

Besides fire fighting equipment from Boyceville, Glenwood City, Sand  Creek and  Menomonie sent equipment to the scene.

Firefighters were on scene for approximately three hours. A reported $10,000 in damage occurred.

No injuries were reported. [/emember_protected]