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UPDATE: Maynard firefighters put out 3 fires in 12 hours

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FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL) - UPDATE: A group of Fayette County firefighters spent their New Years Eve out in the cold battling a series of fires.

The first fire broke out at the Fayette County Food Shelf on Tuesday night. The Maynard Fire Department was called to assist. Little did they know, it was the beginning of a long night for them.

The fire at the food bank took hours to contain, but no one was hurt. Still, Wednesday, the inside was charred beyond recognition, and soot covered much of the attached thrift store.

"Basically, all the food contents, everything is gone," said Karen Martin, manager of the food bank. "It's got to be destroyed. What the smoke and the fire didn't get froze, so any canned items will have to be thrown away, because they were frozen. So the food shelf is starting at zero food right now. Total loss."

Just as the fire in Fayette was brought under control, another fire flared up in Maynard.

Fire crews responded to a home on Clover St. just before midnight, according to Maynard Assistant Fire Chief Bob Puls. He said no one was hurt in the fire.

It took them three hours to extinguish the fire in the bitter cold.

"We have good first responders here," Puls said. "They helped with coffee and things like that. We had a place in our van to go in and get warm if we had to get warm."

But just hours after crews left, the fire re-ignited, and crews came back out at five a.m., for their third call in less than 12 hours.

Crews were on the scene until 10 Wednesday morning. The house was destroyed.

The cause of both fires is under investigation.

Puls said the ordeal was especially exhausting for the crew because the average age of their volunteer fire force is over 55 years old.

The Fayette County Food Shelf is accepting donations to replace the lost food. They ask that correspondence be sent to: Fayette County Food Shelf, PO Box 711, Fayette, IA 52142.

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While firefighters from the Maynard Fire Department were assisting firefighters in Fayette at a building fire Tuesday night, a house fire broke out in Maynard.

According to Maynard's Assistant Fire Chief Bob Puls, crews were just wrapping up the fire call in Fayette when they were dispatched to a house on Clover St. in Maynard at about 11:54 p.m.

Puls said no one was hurt in the house fire, and he said the fire started from a fireplace in the home.

He said his crews, along with firefighters from Westgate and Oelwein Fire Departments, put out the fire in about three hours.

But, according to Puls, a few hours later the fire re-ignited in the home.

Puls said Maynard's volunteer firefighters were dispatched at about 5:19 a.m., making it their third fire call within a 12-hour time span.

He said crews remained on scene until about 10:00 Wednesday morning, and the house was destroyed.

Puls said the cause of the re-ignition is under investigation

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