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Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and all your fall decorating needs are possible because of farmers like those at Hanson's Hollow of LaPorte City and other farmers in the area.

TheLa Porte City Fire and Rescuereceived mutual aid from Gilbertville to contain the fire. The two departments were able to protect nearby buildings in the freezing weather. The barn was a total loss, three nearby buildings located very close to the barn however, were spared. Also on the scene to assist was Schmitz Excavating who helped to remove metal from the burning barn. In total, the firefighters were on the scene for six and a half hours.

If you travel through LaPorte from Vinton, you noticed the farm on the left on the first of two curves going into LaPorte.

The Hanson's shared, "We are overwhelmed with the kindness and support of our family, friends, community, church family, customers, and even strangers after losing our barn to a fire last night"

Fortunately, there were no injuries to the family or firefighters.

It was noted thatthe LaPorte Fire Department was celebrating Christmas with a party at the station when the call came in. Hanson's said, "How lucky are we that they were all there together? More than anything, we are so very thankful that no one was hurt. Things can be replaced. We are safe and well and together -- and counting our blessings with grateful hearts."

The family ended an update on the situation with a Bible verse of encouragement:

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." - John 14:27

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