DNR Responds to Fire at Co-op in Woodbury County
HORNICK – A fire Tuesday afternoon at a fertilizer warehouse on the south side of Hornick caused one home to be evacuated for the night after firefighters put out the blaze.
The Iowa DNR responded Tuesday evening to ensure that runoff from rain, firefighting efforts and fertilizers did not reach a ditch on the west side of the Western Iowa Cooperative. The ditch drains to the West Fork of the Little Sioux River.
Local officials were able to contain the firefighting runoff with a small dam built before rain storms hit Tuesday night. They built sand barriers in road ditches to hold runoff from the storms. Firefighters extinguished the fire Tuesday, but runoff contained liquid fertilizer, water and a small amount of herbicide.
A salvage company will remove and dispose of liquid runoff and the remaining fertilizer. The DNR will continue to monitor the situation and the clean-up.
The DNR does not plan to take enforcement actions.
Hornick is a small town located about 20 miles southeast of Sioux City.