$1 Million In Tractor Damages Reported After Watertown Fire


 A team of 17 firefighters spent more than three hours putting out a fire in Watertown.

It happened at Kibble Equipment, a John Deere store, and may have started in a semi in one of the shops.

“When it rains it pours,” farmer David Nigg said. 

A fire at a tractor equipment store couldn’t have happened at a worse time of year, says Watertown farmer David Nigg. 

“Everybody is trying to get done, and everybody is trying to beat the weather,” Nigg said. 

The fire started at Kibble Equipment last night. Today, the shop is picking up the pieces. 

“I think there was four combines in there, and multiple other tractors and equipment, that were high-dollar,” Watertown Assistant Fire Chief Don Rowland said. 

The fire didn’t spread to the front end of the massive building, thanks to quick thinking by the battalion chief. 

“He was able to put this big fan in front of the door, and put a lot of air into the backside of the building, so you wouldn’t have that smoke and fire coming into the showroom area,” Rowland said. 

The Kibble Equipment store manager says he’s thankful for the Watertown Fire Department’s fast response. Their showroom and parts department weren’t damaged, and are able to be open for business right now. 

“Very busy place out there right now. It was before the fire, and I would assume it would be going forward. There’s a lot of folks trying to figure out if their equipment has been lost, as well,” Rowland said. 

The shop called all the people whose equipment has damage. 

The fire chief says he suspects more than $1 million in damages.  A price that could have been higher if flames would’ve spread to the rest of the building.

Fire inspectors from both Sioux Falls and Watertown are still investigating the exact cause of the fire. 

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