The Ottumwa Courier

April 11, 2014

Brush fire breaks out on east side of city

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Late Friday morning, a fire broke out in a vacant area of trees and brush next to the Ottumwa Water Pollution Control Facility.

Both the Wapello County Rural Fire Department and Ottumwa Fire Department were called to the scene of the fire, which sits directly beside the Water Pollution Control Facility and Gray Eagle Wildlife Reserve on the city’s east side, at about 11:30 a.m.

According to Wapello County Rural Fire Department Chief Bryan Ziegler, at approximately 12:30 p.m. they did not yet know the cause of the blaze, and no one was hurt that he knew of. They also had been able to get a control of the flames.

“I’m thinking the advance has stopped,” Ziegler said. “But the interior is continuing to burn.”

He said they were working to put out some of the fire in the interior of the brush, but parts of it were just going to be left to fizzle out. Their main focus was to try to stop the fire from spreading any farther than it already had.

Ziegler said they would probably be at the fire for quite some time.

“As long as it takes to make sure it is stable,” he said.

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