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Shed fire in northeast Rochester Tuesday morning causes more than $150k in damage

The fire broke out before 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, and required mutual aid tankers from Dover and Eyota fire departments.

Smoke comes from the shed fire while crews work to extinguish it in northeast Rochester Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 2022.
Contributed / Rochester Fire Department
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ROCHESTER — A shed fire in northeast Rochester Tuesday morning forced firefighters to use a water shuttle operation to extinguish it.

The shed, located in the 3000 block of Hermann Court Northeast, wasn’t near any fire hydrants, so the Rochester Fire Department used two tankers to provide water, with Dover and Eyota fire departments providing mutual aid tankers.

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The shed’s roof was compromised when firefighters arrived on scene at 6:47 a.m., so crews used attack lines to fight the fire from the exterior, according to the fire department’s press release.

The fire is under investigation, and the amount of damage is estimated between $150,000 to $200,000. The fire damaged a skid steer loader, a tractor, a large number of tools and skid loader attachments. No injuries were reported, but a firefighter was assessed by Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service for exhaustion symptoms.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service, Dover Fire Department and Eyota Fire Department assisted at the scene. Crews from the Oronoco and Stewartville fire departments assisted with coverage in Rochester.


The shed where a fire broke out in northeast Rochester Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 2022.
Contributed / Rochester Fire Department

Abby Sharpe joined the Post Bulletin in February 2022 after graduating from Arizona State University with a sports journalism degree. While at ASU, she created short- and long-form stories for audio and digital. Readers can reach Abby at 507-285-7723 or asharpe@postbulletin.com.
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