Four area agencies respond to Adel barn fire Saturday


The barn at Seaholm’s corner on Old Highway 6 at L Avenue caught fire Saturday about 4:15 p.m., bringing volunteer firefighters from four area agencies to the scene west of Adel.

Responding to the blaze, which fully engulfed and destroyed the structure, were the Adel Volunteer Fire Department, Dallas Center Volunteer Fire Department, Earlham Volunteer Fire Department, Redfield Volunteer Fire Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s office and Dallas County EMS.

There were no injuries to humans or livestock in the incident.

Adel Volunteer Fire Department Cpt. Braden Nemechek said firefighters had “a pretty good idea” what caused the fire blaze, but he declined to state a cause until investigations were complete.

The property at 20918 Old Highway 6 is owned by Tammie C. Seaholm, according to county records.

The barn housed a small-scale animal feeding operation, and “a couple of cows” got out during the fire but were soon rounded up, according to a woman at the scene who declined to identify herself but said she was “helping the family.”

Flying embers from the burning barn set fire to corn stubble in a nearby field owned by Dallas and Belva Bowman. Firefighters deployed rural attack vehicles to quickly douse the field fire.

Adel firefighters were called back to the scene about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when a tree on the property was reported burning. will update this story as information becomes available.


  1. I want to send out a kudos to all the fire departments who responded to this fire. This fire proves why it is so important to keep ALL the fire departments in Dallas County and support them. Good job, guys!


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