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A FIRE ON MAIN STREET IN MANILLA, IOWA, Wednesday night burned down two buildings and damaged the town's firehouse beyond repair.

The Firehouse Sits Next to the Two Destroyed Buildings (KETV)

The fire started in a vacant building and was first noticed at 10:30 pm.  It advanced to a storage unit and both structures were destroyed.  The Manilla Fire Station was next door and was so extensively damaged that the insurance representative is writing it off.  The FD had just completed a $50,000 renovation to the facility, but they were fortunate in that they were able to get their new fire engine out in time to save it.  However, most of their running gear, turnouts, hoses and equipment were lost.


Radio Iowa reports:

A couple of firefighters happened by around 10:30 P.M. and saw the flames coming from the building next door. They went into the fire station right away and pulled out the fire trucks and ambulances while the dispatchers started calling fire stations in other towns in the vicinity for help. At least seven other towns sent crews.

Gaskell says the fire had too much of a head start to save much. An old blacksmith shop that housed a variety of antiques was gutted, as was the vacant building, which had been a residence. Both are “totally gone,” according to Gaskell, and he says the fire station will likely need to be replaced, too.


Nine fire departments responded to the fire from neighboring communities.

Update:  KETV Ch. 7 Omaha filed this video report Thursday night:


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