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Weather Poses Challenge for Firefighters


At around 4:00 Friday morning, a fire was reported at Thomas Trucking in Pella. Thomas Trucking is located at 1420 Fifield Road, on the west side of town. Pella Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkum says that when they arrived on scene, a building next to a large sheet metal storage structure was completely engulfed in flames. The Pella Fire Department had knocked down most of the flames by 5am, but continued to blast the area with water from their ladder truck while battling wind chills near zero. Van Gorkum says that fighting fires in such cold temperatures causes a number of problems like slipping on ice that forms from the hose water.