Fire engulfs row of semis

A fire at Heartland Coop destroyed at least three semi-trucks and burned a fourth Sunday morning.

The Fairfield Fire Department received a call at 11:30 a.m., and responded within 10 minutes. The fire was controlled by 12:45 p.m., and the firefighters were back in service by 1 p.m.

Heartland employee Kevin Stansberry was loading grain onto a train when the fire occurred.

?A person came out and said there was smoke by the office,? he said. ?I went around the corner and saw a semi on fire.?

Stansberry grabbed a fire extinguisher from the office and ran outside to put out the blaze. He extinguished it on one side, but the fire had spread to the other side of the trailer.

?The wind was so fierce that I was overcome with black smoke. It got into my lungs,? he said. ?Then tires started exploding, so I ran away.?

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Stansberry said the semis, all parked in a row, had not been driven for a few days, and two were loaded with grain.

Stansberry said no one was in the semis at the time of the fire, and he does not believe there were any injuries, except perhaps his own.

His lungs are still burned from the smoke, so he?s taking it easy today by resting.