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Storage building in Oelwein destroyed in morning fire

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No one is hurt, but a large storage building in Oelwein is destroyed.

A massive fire sparked last night and continued to burn into the morning.     

The building is in the South-West part of town, near the old train station off of 4th Avenue.

No one was hurt in the fire, but as you can see a lot of the building was burned and torn down. 

Firefighters say they responded to a call around midnight last night.

They were still there battling the fire around 9 this morning.

At one point, excavator was used to tear down parts of the building and help firefighters get to the fire.

The fire chief says when they arrived, a lot of the building had already burned.

This storage building was filled very high.

It had a lot of wood in it and other combustible materials, like snow blowers. 

KWWL spoke to the owner of the storage building. He says this was tough to watch this morning, but he thanks all five fire departments that responded to the fire for their hard work

Firefighters say they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

They are concerned someone went into the building overnight trying to stay warm and may have started the fire.


Updated by Amanda Gilbert

UPDATE: A large fire broke out overnight in Oelwein. 

Firefighters say no one was hurt. The fire started at a privately-owned storage facility near the southwest side of town. That building is near the railroad tracks and was filled with wood. Fire crews say they are investigating what caused the fire. They are concerned someone might have been staying in a storage unit overnight to stay warm.

Fairbank, Oelwein, Maynard, Stanley, and Hazleton fire crews are all on scene.

KWWL also has a crew on scene. KWWL's Amanda Gilbert says there is a lot of smoke.

Stay with KWWL on air and online for updates.

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