Four area fire departments and other emergency personnel responded to a hog confinement building fire near Adams Tuesday afternoon that prompted the evacuation of nearby residents.
The Mower County 9-1-1 dispatch center received a call at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday afternoon regarding a hog confinement building on fire near the city of Adams in the 70000 block of 110th St. The reporting party stated to authorities that the building had received a chemical treatment earlier in the day, indicating a possible chemical release. Mower County Sheriff Steve Sandvik reported that the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and fire departments from Adams, LeRoy, Rose Creek and Stacyville, Iowa responded to the scene. Sheriff Sandvik stated that deputies went door to door to evacuate residents within the affected area, and he added that no injuries to humans or animals were reported at last word.
Sandvik went on to state that the all clear for residents to return to their homes was given approximately an hour later after the majority of the fire had been extinguished, and there was no longer a plume of smoke drifting to the east/southeast. Sheriff Sandvik indicated that the barn is being considered a total loss, and he added that the Adams Fire Department was still putting out hot spots during mopping-up procedures early Tuesday evening.