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Fire near Mazeppa destroys barn, equipment

Bales of hay kept the blaze going on a fire near Mazeppa well into the wee hours of the morning.

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MAZEPPA — A shed on a farm near Mazeppa caught fire Sunday night, leaving the building and its contents destroyed.

Mazeppa Fire Chief Bryce Dohrn said the Mazeppa Fire Department got a call for a structure fire at 9:15 p.m. Sunday for a farm just southeast of Mazeppa on Wabasha County Road 71. When firefighters arrived on the scene they found a large shed on the property fully engulfed in flames.

The building contained about 250 round bales of hay and several pieces of farm equipment, Dohrn said, including a tractor, combine and grain trucks. All of the items were destroyed.

Because the hay bales burn slowly, fire fighters brought in an excavator to break them up so the fires within them could be extinguished or allowed to burn out. Dohrn said his crews did not get back to the fire hall and cleaned up until after 3:30 a.m.

"You can't get bales," he said of the hay. "They keep smoldering."

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No one was injured in the blaze, and the cause is being investigated.

Zumbro Falls and Oronoco fire departments assisted with water and manpower, Dohrn said.


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