Le Mars firefighters spent Thursday morning battling a barn fire about six miles northeast of that town.
The fire at 13167 Nickel Road was a half mile from the intersection of Highway 60 and county road C-16.
Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper says the fire was a result of embers from cardboard boxes in a burn pile igniting two nearby structures.
A small farm building was a total loss while a larger barn sustained damage.
The resident of the homestead was unaware of the structures burning and it was a passer by who phoned in the fire.
Orange City’s Fire Department was called upon to assist with supplying water for the fire.
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