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Regional firefighters busy during the weekend

Regional firefighters were busy during the weekend with multiple fires in different counties, including a few that were accelerated by the windy and dry conditions.

The Winona Fire Department responded at 7:27 p.m. Saturday to a house fire at 510 East Belleview Street in Winona. Firefighters found the porch and the exterior of the building enveloped in flames when they arrived.

Responders battled the fire for about an hour before extinguishing it. They cleared the site around 11 p.m.

The porch area was severely burned and the nearby wall was heavily damaged. The house's interior suffered a combination of heat and smoke damage. A damage estimate was not yet available on Sunday. The family is currently not able to stay in the house.

No people were injured. However, a pet may have perished in the fire, the department reported.


The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Goodhue Fire Department was dispatched at 2:27 p.m. Sunday to 19319 305th Street outside of Red Wing for a corn baler that started on fire while harvesting.

Strong winds caused the fire to spread over two acres of harvested corn field and made the fire take a bit longer to control, the department said. Firefighters were still able to extinguish it in less than an hour.

No people were injured. The baler was totaled by the fire.

At the same time Sunday, the Cannon Falls Fire Department was dispatched to 1635 365th Street near Dennison to assist the Nerstrand Fire Department in controlling a corn field fire.

The fire had been relatively small, but high winds caused to spread fast. The additional firefighters were called to ensure the fire was contained. They were able to extinguish it a short time after the call.

No people were injured and no property damage occurred.

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