Tri-County Livestock Auction destroyed by fire


By Jennifer Stockinger, Brainerd Dispatch

via Cattle Business Weekly (SD) - 1/16/2013


Three fire departments with more than 45 firefighters battled a fire at the Tri-County Livestock Auction building in Motley, Minn. Sunday night, Jan. 6, Motley Fire Chief Dave Greig said.


The building was a complete loss.


No one was hurt and there were no livestock in the building at the time of the fire, said Greig. The business had its auction on Saturday.


The fire was reported at 8:48 p.m. by a passer-by as an attic fire. Greig said when Motley firefighters arrived on scene they could see flames coming out of the front part of the building by the soffits.

Firefighters were unable to get to the attic to extinguish the fire.


"We tried to get up there but we couldn't get to it," Greig said. "The layout of the building, it was hard to gain entry to the upstairs."


Greig said he called Staples and Scandia Valley fire departments for mutual aid.


"We knew it was going to get engulfed at that point," Greig said.


Greig said that the fire started in the attic above the cafeteria area, but the cause of the fire is unknown. The Minnesota Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.


Greig said there were 17 Motley firefighters and eight fire trucks on scene; Staples had 15 firefighters, a ladder truck and five trucks on scene; and Scandia Valley had 15 firefighters and five trucks on scene.


About 30,000 gallons of water was used, said Greig.


Greig said that a window frame at the business rekindled Monday morning and firefighters were able to extinguish it.


Greig said that firefighters cleared the scene at 2:46 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7.


Tri-County Livestock Auction, that sells hogs, sheep and all classes of cattle, is owned by Joe Varner and managed by John Eischeid and Wayne Hoffman. The business is located just off Highway 10, one mile west of Motley.


Joe Eischeid said his father, John Eischeid, and Hoffman sold the business in 1998. Eischeid and Hoffman manage the sale barn and own the feed yard around the building...