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By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

It took a little work to get there, but firefighters from Imperial finally got to the blaze that burned about a half acre of grass and slough late last Wednesday night.
Imperial Fire Chief Nick Schultz said the fire, which started near a duck blind on John Flood’s property, was hard to get to because of the slough between them and the blaze.
It appears, he said, the cause of the fire was related to a portable heater inside the duck blind. Schultz said there was electrical power coming to the area, as well.
Flood’s ground is about a mile west of Champion.
The fire trucks had difficulty getting close to the fire initially because of the water. Several firefighters had to walk in to determine the problem and then guide the trucks in, Schultz said. Firefighters also used shovels to help extinguish the fire.
The blind was destroyed along with all items inside, the fire chief said. Total dollar loss is yet to be determined.             The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department got the call about 10:40 p.m. on Jan. 13. They were on scene about half an hour, Schultz said.


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