Iowa Fire Leaves Town Without Power, Water

Posted at: 02/03/2013 9:04 PM
Updated at: 02/03/2013 10:41 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- A large fire in Meservey, Iowa took down two buildings and left the town without water and electricity.

"When I first came out it was totally engulfed. It was, it's been a long time since I've seen a fire that big," said Meservey resident Mike Howie,

Howie lives right across the street from the fire that destroyed two vacant buildings in Meservey.

"It lit the town up I'll give you that," said Howie.

The buildings were once a Cafe'  and Lumber shed. Fire officials responded within minutes, but it was already too late.

"They were both old structures that needed to be torn down, but not this way," said Meservey Mayor Richard Miller.

"There was no getting it extinguished, but we had to try to protect the surrounding buildings," said Meservey Fire Chief Jon Kaduce.

The fire also took out an electricity pole that was close by.

"It blew up which shot out across the wires and we lost all power," said Kaduce.

With no power, the water tower ran dry.

"The wells in town couldn't pump the water into the water tower," said Howie.

"We we're pumping a lot of water and having 3 different towns here it's going to pull our water tower down fast," said Kaduce.

Fire departments from surrounding areas hauled in water.

"I've been on for 24 years and I've never ran the water tower out,” said Kaduce.

There was no chance in saving the vacant buildings. So they focused on controlling the flames to make sure businesses close by didn't catch fire.

"There's probably only two feet in between the buildings and that building is alright," said Howie.

Community members say it could have ended up a lot worse than this.

"They did a really good job for what they were handed," said Howie.

They got the electricity poll back up in running and power turned on this afternoon which means the water tower can refill. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.