Fire damages Dubois-area turkey building

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The Dubois Volunteer Fire Department responds to a fire at Kevin and Shawn Kalb farm located off Hickery Grove Road north of State Road 56 in Dubois on Tuesday.

From Local Sources

DUBOIS — Units of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department responded to a turkey building fire Tuesday morning.

Dubois County’s 911 dispatch center received multiple calls about the incident that sent firefighters to the Kevin and Shawn Kalb farm on Hickory Grove Road, just north of State Road 56, at 10:07 a.m.

Department public information officer Zach Eichmiller said smoke was visible from the Dubois Crossroads so, early on, the department called for tanker assistance from the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department and Haysville Volunteer Fire Department.

Luckily, those tankers did not have to be pressed into service.

Eichmiller said a heater malfunction is believed to have started a fire that burned through the ceiling and damaged some trusses in the center of the building. A roughly 40-foot area in the middle of the 600-foot-long building was affected but the structure can be repaired, according to Eichmiller.

No turkeys were lost because the Kalbs were in the process of prepping the building and no new birds had yet been introduced.

Two trucks and 16 firefighters were on the scene 30 minutes.

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