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March 19, 2014

Firefighters respond to grass fire

Pella — The wind caught a trash fire in Dingeman Estates this afternoon, forcing the spread of flames to a nearby horse pasture. 

Pella Rural Fire Department was paged out to the home, west of Pella, around 12:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. According to Pella Fire Captain Rand Bogaard, trash being burned behind the construction of a new home was the source of the fire. 

While it did not take long for the grass fire to be extinguished, Bogaard said it was too breezy a day to burn trash. There was minimal damage, beyond the horses in the pasture being spooked. Grass in the area that burned should be extra green when spring comes into full bloom. 

Pella Ambulance also responded to be on standby. 

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