Truck loses tire and causes small grass fire

Oberlin Herald – March 22, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – March 31, 2017

A small grass fire south of town Sunday caused by a truck which lost a wheel was put out quickly by the Decatur County Rural Fire Department.

The fire was reported at 1:05 p.m., Chief Bill Cathcart said, and volunteer firemen had it out in about half an hour. Since they weren’t sure what they would be facing, three vehicles including a pumper truck and two quick-attack trucks, and seven firefighters responded.

Chief Cathcart said that a front wheel came off a loaded truck belonging to Hoxie Tank Service out of Grinnell.

“He had a heck of a time keeping it under control,” the chief said. “It was a good thing nobody was coming from the other direction.”

The truck was southbound on U.S. 83 about three miles south of Oberlin, the chief said. It ended up in the opposite ditch and sparks from the lost wheel set some grass on fire.

The chief said that with no wind and plenty of help, the fire was handled with dispatch.

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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