Spirit Lake, Iowa – A large fire destroyed a Spirit Lake business, damaged a second, and closed Highway 71 for several hours on Friday morning.
According to KUOO Radio, Spirit Lake firefighters were called to the Golden Buys Outlet store at 1665 Highway 71 South shortly before 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly said the blaze started as a controlled blaze that got out of hand and soon after his department was notified of a structure fire.
Chief Daly says the whole building is totally gone. He says there were workers in the building when the fire started, but they were able to get out. He says they ended up calling Arnolds Park-Okoboji, Milford and Superior Fire Departments to help them fight the blaze.
Daly says that after the building’s roof collapsed, they called in an excavator to tear down parts of what was left of the building to give firefighters access to the remaining hot spots.
Daly says he’s glad the wind at the time was from the north, otherwise it probably would have been a lot worse. Even so, he says, at least one of the green houses in Ferguson’s Garden and Landscape Center, located to the south of the burning building, was damaged.
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The original story (courtesy KUOO) was posted at 10:51 a.m. on June 11, 2021
Spirit Lake, Iowa – A major corporate fire closed a section of Highway 71 in Spirit Lake on Friday morning.
KUOO Radio reports that the Spirit Lake Fire Department was called shortly before 8:30 a.m. Friday to the Golden Buys Outlet Store at 1665 Highway 71 South after receiving a report of a controlled fire that quickly got out of hand after the wind blows. suddenly stood up. The fire quickly spread to the building itself, engulfing it. The Arnolds Park-Okoboji, Milford and Superior fire departments were then called in for help with manpower and equipment.
Reports from the scene indicated that everyone was safely out of the building, and there were no immediate reports of injuries. An ambulance was also on site as a precaution.
A very large cloud of black smoke from the blaze could be seen for some time from as far away as Lake Park.
Highway 71 from 34th Street at Kwik Star to 41st Street was closed due to the fire. Traffic is diverted.
The video below comes from our friends at KUOO Radio. Please excuse the windy audio …….