Weekend fires, vandalism reported in county

BROOKINGS – The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a pair of fires and a report of intentional damage over the weekend.

At 2:48 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff’s office and the Volga Fire Department responded to a tractor and baler on fire inside a hoop building at 466th Avenue and 218th Street, northwest of Lake Campbell, according to a news release.

The owner had been using the tractor and baler, both John Deere models, to bale hay and had parked them inside when finished. The damage to the tractor and baler was estimated at $35,000 along with an additional building loss of $5,500, Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring reported.

A day earlier, crews were called to another blaze south of Brookings.

At 5:09 a.m. Saturday at mile marker 127 on Interstate 29, the sheriff’s office and the Brookings Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire.

The vehicle, a 2014 Subaru Outback, was traveling at the above location when it struck a deer, according to Sebring. Once stopped, the vehicle caught fire. The driver was able to escape the vehicle and firefighters extinguished the flames. The vehicle is estimated to have sustained $12,000 in damage.

Van window broken

Intentional damage was reported to the sheriff’s office at 5:23 p.m. Friday, in the 100 block of Washington Road in Volga.

One of the rear windows of a 1996 Ford Econoline E150 van was broken, according to the release, with the damage occurring sometime between June 12 and Friday. 

The van was parked along the roadway for approximately five days, Sebring reported. When the owner returned to the vehicle, a rear window had been broken out. The damage was estimated at $200.

Anyone with any information about this case can contact the sheriff’s office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).