BUILDING DESTROYED: Fort Dodge Gas Station Fire

ampride

A Fort Dodge convenience store is a total loss following a fire that started Thursday night.

Fire crews were called to the Ampride at 3243 5th Avenue South just before 11:00 p.m. When firefighters arrived they found flames coming out of the roof in the rear of the building. The roof and a wall collapsed while crews worked to put out the fire.

Firefighters were also able to keep a 1,000 gallon kerosene tank that was just five feet from the burning building from catching fire. They set up a hose to continually pour water on the tank.

Fort Dodge Fire Chief Kent Hulett says firefighters had to be rotated in and out from working the fire because of the extremely cold temperatures. Crews were finally able to leave the scene around 9:00 Friday morning.

No one was inside at the time of the fire and the cause is still being investigated.