BY LEANN DILBECK –
The Potter and Hatfield Fire Departments responded to a residential fire at approximately 6:30 pm Sunday evening, December 8, and when they arrived on the scene, “The house was fully engulfed,” said Potter Fire Chief Vernon Wells.
Wells said the call came into dispatch from neighbors across the river who saw a glow.
The home located on Polk County Road 38 belonged to the Ray Haglar family, who were not home at the time. Haglar serves as the Camp Ranger for Camp Pioneer, a boy scout camp. Wells said their water had frozen and they had no electricity, so the family had gone to The Limetree.
Wells said there were approximately 20 volunteer firefighters who worked to extinguish the flames and said, although they were surrounded by ice from the winter storm that had moved into the area on Thursday, it was still a very hot and challenging fire, “We used 25,000 gallons of water trying to get that one out.”
He said the home was a complete loss and said the exact cause is unknown at this time.