Paullina, Iowa — Firefighters battled a blaze at a rural Paullina residence twice, once Saturday evening and then again Sunday morning. A Paullina firefighter reports that the Paullina Fire Department was called to 4241 Oriole Avenue shortly after 5:00 pm Saturday to the report of a brush fire that had gotten out of control, threatening the farmhouse.
Firefighters from Archer and Granville also responded to the scene to battle the blaze.
Around 2:30 Sunday morning, a passerby alerted the O’Brien County Dispatch Center that the house at that address was on fire. Paullina firefighters say that when they arrived on scene the house was completely engulfed in flames, and at that point their priority turned to preventing the spread of the blaze, protecting other structures and nearby hay bales on the farmstead. Firefighters say that some remaining wind-borne embers from the original fire are most likely to blame for the early morning conflagration.
Firefighters say the home, which is owned by Clarence Rohlfsen, was destroyed in the blaze.