No anhydrous released in Sunday semi fire


WEVER – A semi tractor hauling anhydrous ammonia caught fire Sunday evening just south of Wever, but firefighters extinguished the blaze before any chemicals could be released.

At about 7:49 p.m. Wever Fire & Rescue responded to the call in the 3500 block of 190th Street and J50 just south of the Iowa Fertilizer Company and were on scene for about four hours resolving the issue.

Iowa Fertilizer Company officials indicated in a release Monday morning that a truck hauling the chemicals purchased at the Wever facility caught fire several miles after it left the facility.

“Although this incident did not occur at our plant and did not involve our employees, the safety of the community remains our top priority and we take this matter seriously,” wrote a company spokesperson.

“We will continue to work with our customers to ensure the safe pick up, transportation, and delivery of our products. Anyone with questions is welcome to contact us at 515-422-9296.”

According to Wever fire officials no anhydrous was released in the fire and only the semi-tractor was involved in the blaze. There were no injuries in the fire and no environmental impact occurred.

IFC provided water for the fire trucks.

Denmark Fire & Rescue, Lee County Emergency Management, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and Rairden’s Towing assisted at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it not considered to be suspicious in nature.

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