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Friday fire burns hay, tires on Missouri Valley farm
Friday's fire on Pingetzer Road was visible for miles around. More than a dozen emergency vehicles responded. Photo by Jamie Drendel

Friday fire burns hay and tires on Missouri Valley farm

Apr 28, 2013 - From staff reports

A Friday evening fire north of Riverton burned hay and tires on the Pingetzer farm, but calm winds and quick fire response limited the damage.

The fire on George and Velma Pingetzer's place on Pingetzer Road about 12 miles north of Riverton off Missouri Valley Road was reported at about 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Originally reported as a fire in a silo, the blaze actually started in a storage cellar.

The Pingetzers had gone to Riverton were returning home just as the fire was starting. Many large bales of hay were in the immediate vicinity of the cellar, as were dozens of tires. Numerous tires ignited, as did some hay bales.

The cellar was big enough to contain a loader and a truck, but no vehicles were damaged. The loader was at the cellar door, and George Pingetzer was able to get in and move it out of harm's way.

At least 15 emergency vehicles were on the scene in the multi-agency response. Some neighbors turned out to assist at the scene as well, along with Pingetzer family members.

The fire generated a column of black smoke that could be seen from Riverton.

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