Back-to-back fires Thursday morning, Aug. 15, destroyed one rural Buchanan residence and heavily damaged another, according to the fire chief for the Jamestown Rural Fire Department. No firefighters or other people were injured, but two dogs were lost at one of the homes.
Fire Chief Brian Paulson said the first fire was reported at about 7:15 a.m. at a house at 2837 74th Ave. SE, rural Buchanan.
He said he believed it was a one-story home.
“That one was pretty well destroyed … by the time we got there it had been burning for a while. That one was a total loss,” he said.
He said the homeowner was out of town for work at the time of the fire. No other people were in the house, he said.
Firefighters were at the scene for about an hour, “mopping up” when the second call came at 8:20, he said. That was at 8015 27st St. SE, a one-story house located four to five miles from the first fire, Paulson said.
The homeowners were not there at the time.
“They had left for the day,” he said. “One of the employees that works here on the farm (at the location), he stopped by around 8 o’clock and he seen smoke coming from the house, so he called it in.”
He said two dogs were lost in that fire. Firefighters actively fought the second house fire for four hours, until at least noon, Paulson said. They were still at the scene at 2 p.m. The house sustained substantial fire damage to the kitchen area and substantial smoke damage, he said.
Seven apparatus and 24 firefighters responded to both fires, he said.
Both fires are under investigation, Paulson said. The state fire marshal was at the sites on Thursday. That is routine in situations like this, he added.
"When you have a significant loss usually you call them in to help in the investigation and find a determination if they can," Paulson said.
He said the fires were separate incidents.
"At this time it doesn't appear to be any arson or anything of that nature," he said. "They're their own incidents, as chance would have it."