Epworth Fire Chief Tom Berger says his department was called to a semi tractor-trailer and building on fire at Kordell Truck and Trailer on Key City Lane around 1:30 pm.
They arrived on the scene to find a semi tractor-trailer inside the building fully engulfed in flames. The fire had also extended to the building.
Farley and Centralia-Peosta fire departments were called in to help, along with Dubuque Fire Ladder, who helped with cutting ventilation holes in the roof.
The Kordell building is owned by Craig Smith. It also houses two other businesses – 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.
Berger says the fire started in the refrigerator unit on the semi trailer and is considered to be accidental.
One firefighter was transported to the hospital to be treated for heat-related illness and another was treated at the scene.
The fire department remained on the scene for over four hours Tuesday monitoring for hot spots and flare-ups.
(photo courtesy of Epworth Fire Department)