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Prophetstown Fire: A Community Comes Together

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Crews never ran out of water and that's because crews thought quick and they got a little help. Fighting a fire means water and when you're up against a wall of it, only a wall of water will put it out.

"We're nearly out," said Prophetstown Mayor Steve Swanson. "That's going to be a big concern."
     
That was at 5:30 a.m. and the fire was still raging.

"For a smaller community, it doesn't have the big water tower," said Swanson. "So we had to initially rely on the water system here in town."

"If you watch the hoses you can start to see it slow down," said former fire chief David Fisk.
     
Crews drained the tower in Prophetstown and in Lyndon, too. Concern never turned to panic as fire crews thought of their training.

"The river was the biggest help," said Prophetstown chief Keith Crady. "We put two trucks down at the Prophetstown State Park."
     
Gallons and gallons of water was taken from the river to the downtown by fire crews. Another tanker comes in from Rock River Lumber and Grain Company but it wasn't just fire fighters. Companies who could help and even one farmer started driving up semis filled with water.

"I live three blocks away," said Prophetstown resident Greg Scmitt. "And my wife and I's daughter, one of the buildings destroyed downtown is hers."

"My neighbor's on EMT and he knew I had this. I've been filling my swimming pool and he's like you got your tank full and I said sure and I brought it in. It seems like my home town so I'll do whatever needs to be done."

 

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