Wayland in flamesLocal fire departments battle two blazes in Wayland area Tuesday
By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News
Wayland, Mt. Pleasant and Olds firefighters were busy Tuesday afternoon, battling two blazes in the Wayland area.
The first fire was a barn fire on the 1100 grid of 140th Street, near Swedesburg. The fire was reported at about 3 p.m.
Wayland Fire Chief Matt Leichty said the barn was completely engulfed before the department arrived.
“It was really hard to extinguish it,” Leichty said. He added that he doesn’t know the cause of the fire.
There was no machinery or livestock in the barn. However, about a dozen hay bales were consumed in the fire, he said. “The barn was still standing but it was pretty much gutted,” he said.
Leichty said the barn belonged to a Miller family but was not sure of the man’s first name. The fire departments were on the scene for about three hours.
While at the fire on 140th Street, the Mt. Pleasant and Olds fire departments provided mutual aid.
Firefighters from the Wayland, Mt. Pleasant and Olds fire departments also were called to a fire on conservation reserve program (CRP) land north of Wayland on Palm Avenue in Washington County.
Leichty, who did not travel to that fire, said he was not certain on the cause but said that possibly a trash fire burned out of control.
Also at the grass fire were the Crawfordsville, Washington and Brighton fire departments. The firefighters were on the scene for about two hours, Leichty said.
“We could see the smoke from the north when we went to the barn fire, and some of the men wondered if we were traveling the wrong way,” Leichty quipped. “It is a good thing that we have more daylight hours to battle fires.”