Fire Destroys Wyoming Home; Responding Fire Trucks Slide Into Ditches

By Dave Franzman, Reporter

WYOMING, Iowa - Two Wyoming fire trucks responding to a house fire just before 6 a.m. Thursday slid into ditches on icy gravel roads.

Wyoming Fire Chief Al Willman said the fire broke out at 7723 20th Avenue. The truck slips occurred about a half mile from the fire scene.

Willman said the driver of one truck lost control when he turned onto a gravel road. That truck went into the ditch and overturned. The second truck stopped to assist the first, and the back end of that truck slid into a ditch as well.

Willman said the second truck was removed without incident or damage.

"This morning was so unusual with the road conditions here. I've never seen it where you could hardly stand up. Like I said, our driver wasn't going fast it was just a gradual layover," Willman said.

Several fire units did make it to the scene of the fire, but the home was a total loss.

Willman said the home destroyed by fire was owned by Clifford Moore. He escaped the flames unharmed.

Willman said there was no cause yet, but the owner did report a number of space heaters in use inside.

Damage to the Wyoming fire truck was estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
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