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Fire just outside Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on July 28, 2012

Midwest Agri-Com showroom on Route 71, northeast of Ottawa will be open Monday. Owner Mike Hess confirmed that with AM 1220 WLPO by phone late Saturday afternoon. Shortly after 1pm Saturday, an explosion and fire erupted in two storage buildings behind the showroom requiring firefighters from Marseillles, Naplate and Serena. Hess confirmed that no employees were hurt. Della Allan, bookkeeper at Hank’s Restaurant, directly across the road, said she heard and felt the explosion in her house behind the restaurant. Her son was in the parking lot, saw and heard it, too and called the fire department immediately. One of the burned buildings stored a vehicle. It’s unknown if it was saved.

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