Fire Destroys Workshop on Dairy Farm North of Effingham


Published on October 23 2012 6:45 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Wayne Moran

Fire destroyed a workshop located on the  Greuel Dairy Farm Tuesday afternoon. Sigel Fire Department Chief Troy Althoff said the cause of the blaze is undetermined, but the workshop was a total loss. 
Chief Althoff said the potential existed for the fire to be much worse than it was, due to 2 large diesel tanks that sat very close to two sides of the shop. Althoff said when firefighters arrived, the hoses on the diesel tanks had melted, but his crew was able to get water to them before the tanks exploded.
Sigel, Montrose and Shumway Fire Departments responded to the scene, and tanker trucks shuttled water from a hydrant located near Green Creek. Teutopolis and Neoga Fire Departments monitored Sigel, Shumway and Montrose stations in their absence.
Dean  Greuel, owner of the dairy farm, was several miles away when he learned of the fire, telling us this was his workshop, containing welding equipment, a tractor and several other items. The cost of the contents are unknown.