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Team effort saves Kappers

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley All

Left: With the Spring Valley Fire Department leading the way, along with the mutual aid of fire departments from Grand Meadow, Stewartville, Ostrander and Wykoff, the fire at Kappers was extinguished.

Spring Valley emergency services went into action Sunday afternoon after a fire broke out at Kappers Fabricating Company. According to one of the owners, Jeff Kappers, he went to the plant in the NW part of the city and found the fire in an electrical area. He told the Fillmore County Journal’s Gary Peterson that it was a glow near the electrical area and there was thick smoke coming from that area. He called the Fire Department and their quick action probably saved the building.

The Spring Valley Firemen entered the building and started to extinguish the flames. Mutual aid was requested and the cities of Grand Meadow, Stewartville, Ostrander and Wykoff responded. Stewartville brought their ladder truck but it was not needed.

Kappers employs 40 people, and company officials are seeking help from other businesses that manufacture the same types of materials so they can fill customers’ orders. There were no injuries. On a side related issue, the fire gave the Spring Valley Ambulance crew an opportunity to try out the new rehab unit. Crew members set up cooling chairs, provided water and vital sign readers to protect the firemen.

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