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Cause of Thursday’s Mount Ayr fire undetermined

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 10:50 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 5, 2013 11:05 a.m. CDT
Mount Ayr firefighters rush to bring Bill Stull, former Mount Ayr volunteer fire chief, to a gurney waiting next to a paramedic. Stull was injured in the fire at Heartland Energy Solutions in Mount Ayr Thursday morning when a portion of the ceiling fell after the fire had been extinguished.

MOUNT AYR – Water ran like rivers through the dirt and rock in the back parking lot of Heartland Energy Solutions Thursday morning when the company’s second fire was extinguished.

Mount Ayr vounteer firefighters reached Heartland approximately 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, and, accompanied by Ellston and Diagonal fire departments, extinguished a fire in a back building until approximately 4 a.m. Thursday.

“(We were) called back out at 6:45, 7 o’clock, somewhere in that neck of the woods, for smoldering insulation,” said Mount Ayr Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Wimer.

Diagonal, Kellerton, Tingley and Ellston fire departments responded to the second fire Thursday morning.

“Ringgold County has automatic mutual aid for all structure fires,” said Wimer.

As of Thursday, Wimer was unsure the cause of the fire, and how much damage costs are.

“I’m gonna guess about 30 percent of that building (was destroyed) with fire damage ... and total smoke damage,” Wimer said.

After the fire was extinguished, a portion of the ceiling fell in and landed on Bill Stull, former Mount Ayr fire chief. He broke a femur in his leg, which required surgery Thursday afternoon.

Current Mount Ayr Fire Chief Mike Wimer said this morning Stull remains hospitalized in stable condition.

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