The Milbank Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched to a barn fire at 48120 152nd Street at 5:11 p.m. on Monday, March 20. The barn was owned by Al Shakespaere.
Milbank Fire Chief David Giesen said, “Upon arrival, we discovered the barn was fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters went into defensive mode to prevent further damage to an enclosed trailer, tractor, and a nearby shed that was under construction. The barn contained two (kid) goats that were removed.”
The barn was a total loss, but firefighters were able to save the goats. Damage to the tractor and the shed under construction was minor. The trailer sustained extensive damage. Chief Giesen reported the fire and rescue team remained on the scene for about an hour and a half. The Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Grant County Emergency Management, and Grant-Roberts Ambulance also provided assistance.
Kevin Schuelke, head of Grant County Emergency Management and former fire chief for Milbank, offered a reminder for all property owners, “As these people did, hydrants should be shoveled out in town and people should keep in mind to have their yards opened up for fire trucks.”