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Published September 28, 2010, 11:18 AM

Fire damages dairy in northwst Iowa

STRUBLE, Iowa — Authorities estimate damage from a fire at a dairy operation in northwest Iowa at more than $500,000.

STRUBLE, Iowa — Authorities estimate damage from a fire at a dairy operation in northwest Iowa at more than $500,000.

KLEM-AM reports the fire broke out on Friday in a large metal building at Dykstra Dairy in Struble (STROO’-buhl). No injuries were reported.

Le Mars Fire Chief David Schipper says the building housed manure pumps. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Schipper says officials are looking at a possible electrical issue in the building.

Part of the building collapsed as firefighters arrived. Brisk winds hampered the firefighting efforts, which took about three hours.

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