It all started shortly before 6:00 Wednesday evening, when the department was dispatched to a garage fire on 300th Street, about a mile north of Rock Valley. Rock Valley Fire Chief John Wallenburg says that when his department arrived on scene, the garage was fully involved. He says that garage was located close to the farm residence, as well as a propane tank, but that the department was able to spare the tank, with the house receiving only minor damage to the siding. Wallenburg says that the residents were in the process of remodeling a bathroom in the house, and had stored cabinets for that project in the garage. He says the cabinets, along with the rest of the contents of the garage, were destroyed, but that there were no vehicles in the garage at the time of the blaze, and no one was injured.
Rock Valley firefighters were preparing to leave the scene of that garage fire when they were called to Ysselstein Dairy, west of town, to extinguish a large hay bale that, according to Wallenburg had apparently spontaneously combusted. He says that the department extinguished the blaze before it could spread to other nearby bales.