Ampride Convenience Store Destroyed in Thursday Fire
A Fort Dodge convenience store is deemed to be a total loss after a late Thursday night fire. Crews were dispatched to the Ampride store at 3243 5th Avenue South at 10:57pm and found the building completely engulfed in flames. The fire started a little less than an hour after employees closed the store. Fire Chief Kent Hulett said despite the extreme cold and severity of the fire, everyone stayed safe:
Firefighters never entered the store due to several hazards, including power lines right over the building, a kerosine tank inside, and possible building collapse. At the scene, Hulett said it was too early to determine the exact cause of the fire and will be under investigation. During the fire, the Badger Fire Department and off-duty Fort Dodge firefighters were called to cover the city. The Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff's Office, and UnityPoint Trinity Regional Medical Center ambulance were also at the scene.