Concordia Fire Protection District personnel fight fire at highway department building

Friday, January 25, 2019

Personnel from the Concordia Fire Protection District battled a blaze at a highway department building just north of Concordia for almost two hours on Wednesday, January 23. Concordia Fire Chief Jeff Frerking said his department responded to the building around 10:30 p.m.

“When we arrived smoke was coming out of the building,” Frerking said. “When we got inside we saw one of the dump trucks was on fire inside the building. The truck was a complete loss. There was substantial damage to the north side of the building, which was an add-on. There might have been some smoke damage to the main part of the building, but it can still be used.”

Frerking said no one was injured, but highway department workers on the scene had an idea of what caused the fire.

“The guys at the maintenance shed said they had a couple of other trucks of this style that had caught on fire,” he said. “They think the fires might be starting in the cab of the trucks.”

Frerking said the fire department stayed on the scene until 12:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. Total cost in damages has not yet been determined.

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