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Stearns County fire destroys shed full of rabbits

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Feb 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (KNSI) - Nearly $60,000 worth of rabbits were killed in a fire early Wednesday that consumed a shed in rural Stearns County near Paynesville, Stearns County Sheriff's John Sanner said.

The fire broke out on the property on the 21800 block of County Road 33 about five miles north of Paynesville in Zion Township around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sanner said.

A neighbor reported the blaze and was able to wake up the home and shed's owner Scott Klehr.

Klehr told fire authorities about $60,000 worth of rabbits were housed inside the 96 foot by 50 foot shed. The contents of that shed were destroyed.

Also inside the shed was $8,000 worth of horse saddles and harnesses, a $2,500 manure spreader and assorted other tools and equipment, Sanner said.

No people were hurt in the fire. The blaze is under investigation.

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