- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

OSCEOLA, Iowa (AP) - A fire has destroyed the Osceola Farm and Home, a 42-year-old business that drew people from the surrounding area.

Officials are still investigating what caused the early morning Sunday blaze, Des Moines television station KCCI-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1v4YSaB ).

Store manager Dennis McMurry said he thinks the fire quickly spread, engulfing the store in thick, black clouds of smoke, because of paint, kerosene, oil and motor oil inside it.

McMurry watched the building burn down. He said it’s hard to believe that all that remains of the business are metal scraps.

“What am I going to do when I wake up tomorrow?” McMurry said.

People from other counties shopped at the store “every once in a while, because we have a lot of unique stuff for agriculture,” he said

Several fire departments arrived at the scene to help the Osceola Fire Department contain the fire. Police Chief Marty Duffus said firefighters opted not to battle the fire from inside the store because of melting steel. They instead used ladder towers to fight the blaze from outside.


Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com

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