An abandoned farm house was seen engulfed with flames after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. It was destroyed by the time River Falls firefighters put it out.

No animals or people were inside at the time.

The building is in the town of Kinnickinnic, 498 Valley View Road on 36 acres owned by Alvin D. Van Beek, 59.

According to Assistant Fire Chief MikeMoody,  the Van Beeks, who actually live on the next farm over, spotted the flames and called in the blaze. The fire’s cause at this time is undetermined.

Moody said there wasn’t much to be done.

“By the time fire units arrived, the building was fully involved, so there wasn’t much chance of saving it,” he said. “The cold always creates problems but nothing out of the ordinary for this fire. It took about two hours (to extinguish).”

According to Moody, Van Beek said the building and its contents had no value and weren’t insured.

River Falls Fire, Ambulance and First Responders went to the scene along with the Roberts Fire Department.


And mid-afternoon Friday, Jan. 31, firefighters from River Falls and Roberts-Warren were back at it again -- this time to battle a shed fire at 1105 CTH N, west of Hwy. 65, also in Kinnickinnic.

Flames were showing when the first engine from Roberts-Warren arrived about 2:30 p.m.

River Falls responded with at least one engine and a tender.

About 30 minutes later, an engine and manpower from the Hudson Fire Department was also requested.

Radio transmissions indicated the blaze was brought under control within about an hour. An excavator was also brought in, apparently to help crews get at smoldering hay.

St. Croix County land records indicate the property where the shed sat is owned by Galen Thompson.