Firefighters respond to 2nd Ferdinand-area rekindle

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded just before 9 a.m. today to a second rekindle at the site of a Tuesday fire that destroyed a steel-and-fabric hoop barn used for hay storage east of Ferdinand.

Six trucks and 22 firefighters originally spent six and a half hours at the Patrick and Lori Fromme farm at 4622 E. Convent Road when the first was reported at 7:17 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire Chief John Hoppenjans said then that the roughly 40-by-100-foot structure contained about 150 large, round hay bales valued at an estimated $6,000.

The structure did not have electrical service so spontaneous combustion was considered a likely possibility for the fire’s cause, according to the chief.

A trackhoe was brought to the scene Tuesday to pull apart smoldering bales so hot spots could be extinguished.

A rekindle was reported at 3:56 p.m. Wednesday.

Hoppenjans said four Ferdinand trucks and a St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department tanker responded, along with 24 firefighters. There were on the scene five hours.

Hoppenjans called firefighters to respond to today’s rekindle at 8:51 a.m.

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