Two buildings in Marvin were gutted by fire on Saturday, June 5. Firefighters from the Milbank Fire Department were paged at 10:36 p.m. according to Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke. The fire department found the former Baptist Church completely engulfed and partially collapsed. The building that had housed the Thaden doughnut shop was also burning.
Marvin firefighters were already on the scene reported Schuelke , when they requested backup from Milbank, Corona, and Summit to provide an additional supply of water. The Grant County Sherriff’s Office and Grant County Emergency Management also responded.
Chief Schuelke says they were able to get the fire under control and remained on the scene for approximately three hours. After the neighboring squads had departed, Marvin continued to monitor the blaze and extinguish hot spots.
“But, the wind picked up about 4 a.m,” Schuelke says, “which made it hard for Marvin to control the hot spots and flare ups on their own.” Milbank firefighters returned to the scene to assist. They stayed until approximately 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Marvin continued to monitor hot spots and flare ups through Sunday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.