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Vacant hog building destroyed in rural Salem fire

SALEM — An empty hog building burned to the ground Sunday afternoon on a rural property in central McCook County.

McCook County Emergency Manager Brad Stiefvater said the fire department responded to the call around 1 p.m. Sunday to the farm of Greg Streff at 44322 252nd St., about two miles east of Salem. By the time firefighters responded to the scene of the blaze, the building was already engulfed.

There were no injuries and no other buildings were affected, as firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading to nearby grain bins. Stiefvater said the building was an older structure that was currently unused and did not have any contents inside.

Salem Volunteer Fire Chief Nate Olinger said the fire started when trash was being burned on the property and spread to a grassfire, which then engulfed the worn hog building. He estimated the fire burned about a half-acre of grass.

The Salem and Montrose fire departments were both called and Stiefvater said about 20 firefighters responded to the scene. He said the department was doing CPR training at the fire hall when the call came in, which helped with the quick response.