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Fire Destroys Workshop and Vehicle in Kahoka

On Saturday afternoon, May 11,  at 4:43pm, a vehicle fire was reported in the 600 block of North Walnut in Kahoka, to the Clark County Dispatch Center. The Kahoka Fire Department responded with one engine, an equipment truck and 9 firefighters.

On arrival, the vehicle was found fully engulfed with flames, and spreading throughout the workshop it was stored in. First arriving firefighters quickly pulled a pre-connect attack line to attack the fire from the front. As additional firefighters arrived by personal vehicle and the equipment truck, a second pre-connect attack line was pulled to protect the home adjoining the workshop. Once the fire was out, fire officers investigated the structure to ensure there were no hotspots remaining. The workshop and the vehicle, identified as a project truck, are believed to be total losses.  The cause of the fire was not apparent due to extensive damage, but witness accounts indicate it originated in the engine compartment of the vehicle inside the workshop.

The Kahoka Fire Department wishes to thank the neighbors, Clark County Ambulance who was on scene in case of injury, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clark County Dispatch for their presence and assistance, as well as the volunteer firefighters who responded to the call.

Fire Captain Edwin Wilson (in red) overseeing operations. Fire Fighter Dustin Dean (in bunker gear) on the saw. Fire Fighter Davie Davies (Far right) ensuring equipment and air packs are at the ready. 2 Neighbors, names unknown, assisting.

Firefighter Matt Rankin in the foreground attacking with hose line.
Firefighter Dusting Dean in the background, using a structure chainsaw to gain access.