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Shed fire brings massive loss of vehicles in Pleasant Grove

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PLEASANT GROVE — Boats, trucks and farm equipment were lost when fire destroyed a large shed on a farm in southeast Olmsted County early Sunday.

Owners of the farm, in the 7100 block of Minnesota Highway 30 SE between Pleasant Grove and Chatfield, woke up at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and saw flames coming from the large metal shed.

When firefighters arrived, the 100-by-75-foot shed was "100 percent involved," said Stewartville Fire Chief Vance Swisher. The call came in at 3:40 a.m. The fire was under control at about 7 a.m., and firefighters returned to service at around 8 a.m. Sunday.

Responding firefighters from Stewartville and Chatfield contained the fire, keeping it from spreading to other buildings, but the shed and its contents were a complete loss, Swisher said. "We were able to contain the fire to the building of origin," he said. "It's a minimum of a three-quarter million dollar loss is what my gut feeling is based on what is stored in there."

No one was injured in the fire, he said.

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