Man found unresponsive in home near fire

KENMARE Two grain trucks and a combine were among the farm implements lost in a metal shop fire Sunday afternoon in rural Mountrail County near the Ward County border southwest of Kenmare. Initial reports also indicate that the farmer who owns the property was found unresponsive in his home.

No further official information was available Monday on the status of the farmer or how the fire started.

Chief Doug Skjordal said that the Kenmare Fire Department was paged at 12:55 p.m. regarding the fire on 78th Street Northwest and that 15 firefighters were sent along with five fire trucks. The firefighters left the scene when the fire was out at 2:30 p.m.

The fire started in the middle of the shop, which had a dirt floor and no real ventilation, Skordal said.

“We don’t know if the farmer was working at the time,” he said. “But it looked like he was working on some equipment.”

One tractor, which sustained smoke and heat damage in the fire, was still running upon their arrival and it had collided with another tractor while seemingly attempting to get out of the shop.

Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson said that he had no information to release regarding the farmer as of Monday afternoon but that information may be released Tuesday.