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Tractor ignites fire that burns down barn north of Goodhue

GOODHUE — An old barn burned fast Sunday night after catching fire about 2 miles north of Goodhue.

The Goodhue Volunteer Fire Department responded about 7:30 p.m. to a call about a barn fire in the 20400 block of 360th Street, just west of Minnesota Highway 58. "We could see the orange glow when we pulled out of town," said Goodhue Fire Chief Dustin Luhman.

When the fire crews arrived, Luhman said the whole barn was fully engulfed in flames. "The roof caved in as we were getting set up," he said.

The barn, a two-story structure made of wood, contained equipment on the first level and hay on the second floor. That hay, Luhman said, made the fire impossible to immediately extinguish. In fact, fire crews pulled hay from the barn and set it in piles around the yard. "It's still smoldering on the ground," he said. "It's going to keep burning for a while, but it's all in piles."

Fire crews left at about midnight but were called back about 3 a.m. today, he said.


While the cause will be investigated, Luhman said the homeowner told fire crews that a tractor in the barn caught fire, igniting the blaze.

Luhman said he did not have a damage estimate, but the barn and its contents were a complete loss.

Goodhue firefighters were aided by the Zumbrota Fire Department, Goodhue County Sheriff and Zumbrota Ambulance.

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