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Firefighters battle muddy rural roads in Reasnor garage blaze

A small home garage in Reasnor caught fire Wednesday morning but resulted in no injuries.

Personnel from Reasnor Fire and Sully Fire Departments drove through the thick, muddy roads around 9:45 a.m. to a house on South Fourth Avenue East in Reasnor.

According to Reasnor Fire Chief Chris Tool, the homeowner woke up Wednesday morning to find his garage engulfed flames. No cars were inside the garage at the time of the incident. Property lost in the fire included two lawnmowers and several tools.

Fire officials said the condition of the county's rural gravel roads due to the melting snowpack made it difficult for the first responders to make it to the scene.

"With the road conditions, it took us forever to get here," Tool said. "The homeowner was in bed asleep because he worked overnight. So he didn't know anything was going on."

The firefighters, with three combined firetrucks and a pickup on the scene, were able to arrive and begin putting out what was left of the fire at around 10:15 a.m., fully extinguishing the blaze by 10:50 a.m. An ambulance from Newton EMS was also dispatched but was parked a couple roads away.

While attempting to leave the scene, two firetrucks got stuck on the muddy roads while traveling uphill and had to wait for tow trucks to pull them clear.

Jason Allbee, Sully Fire Department captain, said the garage was already totalled when his crew arrived on scene. The firefighters' task was to put out what was left of the flames, embers and smoke, allowing the property owner to salvage anything that was left.

"It took us a good 15 minutes to get from Sully to here," Allbee said. "(The garage) was all gone by the time we got here."

The cause of the fire had not been determined as of Wednesday afternoon, but investigators know the electricity was turned off in the garage and was not a factor.

Contact Orrin Shawl at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or at oshawl@newtondailynews.com

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