Clay Co. fire destroys harvest equipment


October 22, 2020

The Nebraska Fire Marshall’s office is investigating a Clay County fire that destroyed several pieces of farm equipment and sent shivers through this area’s farming community.

On Thursday morning the Clay Center and Sutton fire departments responded to a fire in a rural Clay County cornfield.

The fire destroyed a combine, two semi-trucks with trailers filled with grain, a tractor and grain cart.

Jonathan Rempel of Henderson posted a statement about the fire on Facebook. He wrote that he was getting his two children ready for school when he received a telephone call from the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department telling him his harvest equipment was on fire. Rempel said in case of fire the equipment was spread apart and thought it strange all pieces caught fire at about the same time.

Rempel didn’t mention a political connection but two flags supporting President Trump were displayed on the combine and some have suspected the fire may have a political connection.

Following the loss of all of his harvesting equipment, neighbors have organized a harvesting bee to complete the harvesting of his remaining 1,000 acres.

The cause of the fire was still not determined as this issue of The Express went to press.


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