Fire destroys combine in Holland-area field

Photo courtesy Holland Volunteer Fire Department

From Local Sources

HOLLAND — Units of the Holland Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by a St. Henry water tanker and personnel, responded to a combine fire east of Holland on Wednesday afternoon.

Mel Menke was harvesting soybeans in a field near Holland Road East and County Road 500W when a passerby alerted him to smoke coming from the rear discharge area of the 2007 New Holland combine at 4:57 p.m., according to Holland Fire Chief Adam Chambers.

The harvester, with about 100 bushels of soybeans in its hopper, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Chambers said a mechanical malfunction was likely the cause.

The combine, valued at about $100,000, was owned by Menke Bros. Farms, according to Chambers. It was insured.

Firefighters were on the scene about two hours extinguishing the flames on the machine and putting out a fire that had spread to the field. About an eighth of an acre burned.

Holland responded with three trucks and eight firefighters. St. Henry sent a water tanker and six firefighters.

There were no injuries.

Photo courtesy Holland Volunteer Fire Department

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