Barn, Shed Burn In Separate Fires

Barn, Shed Burn In Separate Fires Click to Enlarge Photo: Stearns County Sheriff's Office

(KNSI) - A building is heavily damaged and another a compete loss in two separate fires in Stearns County.

The first was around 2:30 Friday afternoon when firefighters were called after a barn started on fire at 29633 County Road 2 in St. Joseph Township.

According to the sheriff’s office, Norbert Walz was clearing snow when he accidentally struck a breaker box causing sparks that started the hayloft on fire.

The sheriff’s office didn’t say what he was using to clear snow.

The 61-year-old was able to get all of the livestock out of the barn.

The second fire was around 9 a.m. on Saturday when firefighters were called to a shed fire at 22446 Edgeton Road, Munson Township, about five miles south west of Richmond.

According to the sheriff’s office, a 40x48 foot shed was on fire. The shed, owned by Patrick Burg, 49, and Jennifer Burg, 48, contained a camper, a truck, a skid loader and miscellaneous items.

The shed and everything inside was a complete loss. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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