Epworth Fire Responds to Fire at Kordell Truck and Trailer
By Chief Thomas Berger
August 8, 2017

At 1:28 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 the Epworth Fire Department was notified of a semi tractor-trailer and building on fire at Kordell Truck and Trailer located at 15665 Key City Lane in Vernon Township rural Peosta. Epworth Engine 702 arrived at 1:31 p.m. and found a semi tractor and trailer inside a building fully engulfed in fire. The fire had extended to the building. Mutual aid was received from the Centralia-Peosta and Farley Fire Departments. Dubuque Fire Ladder 512 also responded to assist with cutting ventilation holes in the roof of the structure. The Farley Fire Department also responded with the mobile air compressor unit to refill SCBA tanks. Around 40 firefighters responded to the scene. The building is owned by Craig Smith and it houses two other businesses in addition to Kordell, Smith Cabinet Works and Mark Fondell Excavating. The portion of the building occupied by Kordell sustained heavy heat, smoke and water damage. Fondell Excavating sustained smoke and water damage and Smith Cabinet Works sustained smoke damage. No damage estimate is currently available. The fire started in the refrigerator unit on the trailer of the semi and is considered to be accidental. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment of heat related illness and another was treated at the scene. The fire department remained on the scene for over four hours monitoring for hot spots and flare ups.

Units: Epworth Fire Engines 701, 702, 703, Ambulance 752, Command 774 and Tanker 735
Mutual Aid: Centralia-Peosta Fire Engine 404, Tanker 433, Ambulance 451, Dubuque Fire Ladder 512, Farley Fire 801 and the Mobile Air Compressor, Dubuque County Sheriffs Office, Maquoketa Valley REC and Black Hills Energy.
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