Crews Battle Acreage Fire Near Lesterville

Crews Battle Acreage Fire Near Lesterville

Three fire departments battled a large fire north of Lesterville Saturday.

The Lesterville Fire & Rescue was dispatched to 42844 Highway 46 at approximately 11:30 Saturday morning for a possible structure fire.

Paul Scherschligt with the Lesterville Fire Department says that the Scotland and Menno Fire Departments were also called to assist due to the extreme winds. Upon arrival, the firefighters found a large farmyard area, a large shed, and a grove of trees burning. As incoming units arrived, they were divided up to contain different areas of the fire. With the strong winds, sparks were blown all over the farmyard. Several trees had to be cut down because they had fie in the tops of the trees.

With the dry conditions, water tenders hauled several loads of water from Lesterville to extinguish hot spots. Fire crews were on the scene for several hours mopping up hot spots and rekindling.

Scherschligt adds that the cause of the fire is believed to have started by an electrical power cord hanging down from the silage unloader. No injuries were reported.