Out-of-control burn pile threatens nearby house and RV

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A backyard burn pile got out of control Monday afternoon at 2315 Iowa St. in Perry, and the northwest wind quickly fanned the flames toward a nearby woodshed and a camper and house lying beyond.

The Perry Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze at the Perry home of Charles and Debra McCloud and quenched the fire before it spread.

Perry Police Department Officer Wayne Schuttler was first on the scene, followed shortly by Perry Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Fire Chief Brian Eiteman.

“I hope that shed doesn’t catch,” Eiteman said, “because it’s stacked full of fuel.”

One fire engine was dispatched to the scene, approaching first along Iowa Street and then rerouting to 12th Street near the Spring Valley Assisted Living parking lot. The truck then crossed an alfalfa field to reach the rear of the McCloud property.

Once on scene, firefighters quickly doused the wood pile, finishing with high-pressure hoses what Charles McCloud began with a garden hose.

Perry Police Department Officer Wayne Schuttler, right, was first on the scene when winds took control of a burn pile at 2311 Iowa St. Monday afternoon.
Perry Police Department Officer Wayne Schuttler, right, was first on the scene when winds took control of a burn pile at 2311 Iowa St. Monday afternoon.
Perry Police Department Officer Wayne Schuttler, right, and Perry Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Chief Brian Eiteman survey the progress of the fire at 2311 Iowa St. Firefighters regained control of the blaze before it damaged nearby structures.
Perry Police Department Officer Wayne Schuttler, right, and Perry Volunteer Fire Department First Assistant Chief Brian Eiteman survey the progress of the fire at 2311 Iowa St. Firefighters regained control of the blaze before it damaged nearby structures.

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