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There may be enterprise again at it after Jan. 11 hearth in Rock Valley, Iowa

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — About two weeks in the past a hearth destroyed a constructing and workplace on the Rock Valley Hay Public sale in Iowa.

The fireplace occurred on the evening of Jan. 11. The following day, the public sale firm was again promoting hay.

“Our operation continued at solar up,” proprietor Paul McGill stated. Jan. 12 was an public sale day.

McGill has owned the enterprise since. Feb. 1, 1996. The enterprise dates again to the Forties. It has a historical past of supplying hay and straw to farmers and ranchers within the area but in addition throughout the nation when there’s a want in different areas.

McGill stated he is lucky the hearth didn’t destroy any hay. “We at all times have a variety of hay to promote,” he stated.

Ninety-two semi a great deal of hay left Rock Valley the morning after the hearth. Many of the hay had been on the enterprise on the evening of the hearth.

Hay bales on the Rock Valley Hay Public sale in Rock Valley, Iowa. Picture courtesy of Paul McGill

The place the hay goes and the place it comes from varies from public sale to public sale and 12 months to 12 months, he stated.

Most of the common clients are feedlots in northwestern Iowa and the area.

“Proper now, we’re sending lots to Kansas and Oklahoma. That is not regular,” McGill stated.

When there’s a drought or heavy snow situations like this month, the hay might be in demand outdoors the area.

“This morning we hauled a load out to Yankton and Davis,” McGill stated on Jan. 25.

Areas the place heavy snow fell in December and early January in South Dakota are having a more durable time with hay provide now, McGill stated.

“Say the Winner space, a variety of the folks promoting there have their very own cattle. Two issues are occurring now, they’re feeding extra of their very own hay to cattle and the feed is more durable to get at,” McGill stated.

McGill offers with an essential commodity. So when he heard the enterprise was on hearth on Jan. 11, “it wasn’t a superb time.”

Rock Valley Hearth Chief Brent Eshuis stated when the division bought to the scene, there was heavy black smoke and hearth. “Inside 30 seconds to a minute, the constructing flashed, every part was on hearth,” he stated.

Firefighters knew there could be sq. and spherical bales of hay on the web site, he stated.

Most of the bales had some snow cowl.

“If there wasn’t any snow cowl it could have been an even bigger mess,” Eshuis stated.

Firefighters targeted on containing the hearth. “We by no means thought of placing anyone inside,” Eshuis stated.

Rock Valley and close by Hull have a mutual settlement that when there’s a construction hearth in both city, the hearth division will reply to assist, he stated.

The fireplace division in Sioux Middle additionally responded with an aerial truck, Eshuis stated.

Firefighters had been on the scene for about 3 1/2 hours, Eshuis stated.

The public sale firm misplaced a store constructing, the tools inside, an workplace constructing and the computer systems and different objects inside that, McGill stated.

He had known as his laptop service on Jan. 11 and McGill stated the enterprise labored by way of the evening to verify the public sale firm had computer systems to make use of on Jan. 12.

For now, McGill stated the enterprise is being operated in a development site-type trailer.

It is working OK throughout what’s the busiest time of the 12 months.

“We do promote extra hay than anybody else does,” he stated. “It is a busy time throughout winter time as a result of cattle eat extra hay.”

In the course of the winter there are hay auctions twice per week till the primary of Could.

McGill stated the hearth probably began within the engine compartment of a truck parked within the store.

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