Hog confinement burns down near Hospers


Lydia Hansen, NWestIowa.com

Jun 3, 2012


HOSPERS—A hog confinement containing 2,000 young pigs was destroyed in a fire June 2 five miles east of Hospers.


Hospers Fire Department was called out to 4776 390th St. around 10:30 a.m. after someone at the hog building smelled smoke and saw flames.


“They had found some flames shooting out by a heater at the northwest corner of the building. They made the 911 call and the fire spread pretty rapidly from there,” said Hospers fire chief Jason Overmohle.


Due to the size of the fire, the Sheldon Fire Co. was also paged out to the fire.


The property is owned by Bradley and Gretchen Bosma.


When Hospers firefighters arrived on the scene, the building was in flames and the roof was beginning to collapse on the west third of the building.


“Normally in a livestock barn like that, once a fire starts it generally grows pretty rapidly. It’s a lot of open space,” Overmohle said.


The fire was too far advanced for firefighters to attempt to make entry into the building to rescue any of the livestock...