WARREN COUNTY, Iowa – Des Moines fire crews were called out to a barn fire in northern Warren County, just east of Echo Valley Country Club in Norwalk, early Thursday morning.
Lt. Rick Thomas with the Des Moines Fire Department says a passerby called in the fire at 9131 SW 28th at 3:10 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the structure was fully engulfed and the metal pole barn had partially collapsed.
There are no water hydrants in the area, so Des Moines used two tankers to truck in water and asked the Norwalk Fire Department for one tanker truck to help out.
A backhoe is being brought in to help clear the metal debris of the collapsed building so firefighters can access the fire underneath.
The owners of the property, Lynn Robbins and Jeffrey Gezel tell Channel 13 they were notified about the fire around 4:00 a.m. They say they rescue horses, goats, and cats and believe there were 3 goats and 2 cats inside the pole barn that did not make it out. We spoke with Lynn back in 2013 when she was raising money to keep the rescue open, after suffering injuries in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
Lt. Thomas says there is no indication that there were any people inside the barn. Horses that were in a corral close to the fire were turned out into a pasture. Fire officials were not able to say whether there were an animals inside the barn.
Fire crews are expected to remain on scene for several hours to deal with hot spots and investigate the cause of the fire.