More Information on Rembrandt Enterprises Fire Last Evening

More than a dozen fire departments were called to a fire last (Thur) evening, which caused major damage at the site of Rembrandt Enterprises.

According to Buena Vista County Emergency Management Coordinator Aimee Barritt, a total of 14 departments from four counties responded to the scene just north of the town of Rembrandt. The first call went to the Sioux Rapids Fire Department at 6:18 last evening. Storm Lake Fire Chief Glenn Schlesser was the incident commander. He estimates that the bulk of the fire was extinguished around 9:30pm. Fire crews were still on the scene after 11pm dealing with hot spots and debris.

According to Barritt, two turkey facilities were completely destroyed. They were empty at the time of the incident. There were no injuries. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Six fire departments from Buena Vista County responded to the fire. Assistance was also provided by departments from Cherokee, Clay, and Pocahontas counties. Support was also provided by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office, BVRMC Ambulance, Sioux Rapids Ambulance, BV and Cherokee County Emergency Management, and more.

Due to the extremely hot weather combined with the heat of the fire, an air-conditioned trailer was brought to the scene for workers to use. Barritt thanks the numerous people that dropped off water and snacks for those who were battling the fire.

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