Fairfield John Deere Dealership Ruled A Total Loss

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Updated: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:10:32 CST

In the middle of farming season, the equipment shop that farmers in Clay County rely on is facing major renovations. The John Deere shop in Fairfield went up in flames last night. It's being ruled a total loss.

A dozen different fire departments worked through the night to put out the blaze.
"This is probably one of the larger fires we've had in the county," said Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin.
Franklin says the large amount of fuel, oil and other combustibles inside the Oregon Trail Dealership triggered multiple explosions.

"It has a lot of different roofs and ceilings and stuff so it's been a hard fire to fight," Franklin said.

There were no injuries during the blaze. But, the building is a total loss.

"One of the buildings is only being held up by several combines that are sitting in there that are pretty much melted underneath," said Franklin.

Twelve different fire departments responded to the massive fire.

"We've had anywhere from 10-15 trucks doing nothing but going but loading up with water and dumping it into to dump tanks so we could fight it," Franklin said.

With temperatures soaring into the 90's, some firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion. To stay cool firefighters rotated shifts and EMT's were on scene providing water and medical help.

"The community has been greatly involved with bringing things out to make sure there's water, Gatorade and food so that the firefighters could keep going," said Franklin.

Mike Kongs, one of the owners of the facility says that they'll be moving their offices and workers into a different building temporarily.

"We have a philosophy that you make what you've got," Kongs said.
Kongs said one of their other facilities was hit by a tornado recently and they were back up in 8 months. This may be a longer rebuilding process.

"We are here to service our customers, and we'll be here and back up as soon as possible," said Kongs.

Franklin says it may take weeks before a cause for the fire is found.

Kongs said he's already contacted customers who lost equipment in the fire and they will work as hard and quick as they can to make it up their customers.