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Message from Our Mayor-Gladbrook Fire

December 16, 2016
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Little did I realize when I wrote last weeks article about our volunteers how quickly we would require their services. For those of you who don’t know, we had one of the worst fires in Gladbrook history last Sunday night involving the Wentzien Hardware Store, Masonic Temple and Smith’s General Store along with smoke damage to Day in the Sun. As I write this article this is what I know. The fire call came in at 2:10AM Monday morning for the Wentzien building which is a total loss. Gladbrook firefighters along with the help of Traer, Garwin and Toledo all fought the fire for several hours. Toledo brought their aerial ladder truck which probably saved several adjoining buildings along with the ability to provide an aerial assault on the fire. To the west of the Wentzien building is the Smith General Store. It has smoke and water damage. As of now, Barb and Dennis Smith plan to repair and rebuild their store. The next store west is Day in the Sun owned by Heather and Brett Warren. Their damage was all smoke related. East of the Wentzien building is the Masonic Temple. It suffered smoke and fire damage with the original fire and had a basement fire rekindle Wednesday night causing more smoke damage. The building will probably have to come down. This fire will leave a big hole on Gladbrook’s Main Street. Here are some facts about the fire. Toledo’s aerial truck alone pumped 90,100 gallons of water. The total water usage in fighting the fire was 200,000 plus gallons. Thank God we had the new water tower along with the rural water tower available. Our Gladbrook Fire Department put in 45 call hours with a total of over 330 man hours also with the help of Traer, Garwin and Toledo Fire Departments. The Gladbrook Ambulance Service was on site for a total of 35 call hours with over 70 personal hours. We are so fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers serving Gladbrook with their time and skills. Thank you all so much! Many of Gladbrook citizens stepped forward to help with food and drink for the volunteers. I’ll list those that I know about and if I missed someone, forgive me. Mandy and crew at Spanky’s opened up very early in the morning to serve both breakfast and lunch to the volunteers. Casey’s employees sent pizzas over to the EMT building, Deb Osborn from Serendipity sent cup cakes, Great Western Bank sent coffee and cookies, Jamie Schmidt brought cookies as did Hometown Foods and Beth Murty. Lisa Reinhard bought lunch for the volunteers and Steve Willer brought pizza to the EMT building Wednesday night Our Fire and Ambulance very much appreciate the food and drink that was brought in for them. Isn’t it great to live in a community where so many volunteers and caring citizens live? Thank you to all and may you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Keith Sash, Mayor



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