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Harvest accident leads to fire at Maris homestead south of Wauneta on Monday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:55

The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department battles a fire on the Maris homestead south and west of Wauneta on Road 722 Monday night. Wauneta firemen (from left) Bob Goings, Beau Yoder, Chief Donny Allen, Chuck Vette, Bryan Einspahr and Ryan Starnes set up a fold-a-tank used to replenish the water supply in the fire trucks as they battle the blaze.

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta Volunteer Fire Department headed south Monday evening to battle a fire on the south divide. The Maris homestead owned by Jeff and Laurie Maris caught fire when a combine struck a power line to the house, reports Fire Chief Donny Allen.

The damage caused by the blaze was limited to old farm equipment, cars, trees and some dryland corn according to Laurie Maris. Neither Maris or Allen reported any damage to the structures on the homestead.

Chief Allen indicated that the Wauneta Fire Department is thankful to the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department for their trucks and manpower during the effort to put out the blaze.

Frenchman Valley Co-op of Imperial also assisted the fire fight by delivering a large tanker of water to the scene.

Frank Stehno also assisted the firemen by allowing them to use his well 3 1/2 miles away from the location of the fire to fill their tanks. Using Stehno’s well saved the Wauneta firemen extra trips back to town to refill.

The photo above shows one of two fold-a-tanks used by the Wauneta Fire Department to store water. These tanks, which hold up to 1,500 gallons of water, are filled with water from tankers. Fire trucks are then replenished with water from the fold-a-tanks. This system allows for more efficient replenishment of water supplies when they are needed the most.