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11 Year old spots utility pole fire, Residence is a total loss, Power lines down and Missing Child Found
The 24-hour period from the evening of December 15th to December 16th was a busy time for the Kahoka and Clark County Fire Departments. At approximately 503 pm on the 16th, the Kahoka Fire Department was paged out to the 300-block of W Exchange Street in Kahoka for a smoking utility pole. Spotted by 11-year old Annie, daughter of Dana Lloyd, the pole had smoldered for quite some time, possibly since the night before during high winds. The fire seems to have started from an arcing power line. The City of Kahoka Utility Workers responded at the request of the Fire Department to aid in preventing further damage.
On the 15th, the Kahoka Fire Department was paged out at approximately 544pm for a missing child in the vicinity of East Elm Street. With quick coordination of the local community, Kahoka Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Kahoka Fire and Clark County Rescue Squad, the child was quickly found safe, just a few blocks away.
At approximately 918, the Clark County Fire Corp was paged out to an arcing power line near County Road 139. The Rural Electric Company was able to rapidly respond, resolving the issue quickly.
1047pm The Clark County Fire Corp was paged out to a house fire on County Road 506 just outside of Kahoka. The house was fully engulfed on arrival of the fire department. Because of the high winds, the responding firefighters were met with a wall of blowing embers, blowing parallel to the ground, towards tall pastures, a barn and a house, as well as the house next door to the engulfed trailer. Clark County Firefighters, alongside the mutual aid provided by Wayland Fire, were able to quickly knock down the fire in hazardous conditions, prevent the spread of fire to adjoining properties, and remain safe, despite blowing tin from the residence.
The Kahoka and Clark County Fire Departments wish to thank the neighbors, the Kahoka Police Department, Wayland Fire Department, the Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies, Clark County Rescue and the Clark County Dispatch for their and assistance and professionalism, as well as the volunteer emergency responders who answered the call multiple times. If you are interested in joining any of the First Response Agencies in the County, contact the Emergency Management Office at clarkclarkcounty. firstname.lastname@example.org