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Clinton County fire destroys $2 million worth of farmer’s tractors, combines

Firefighters from several departments fought the equipment shed fire for more than three hours Wednesday evening.
Firefighters from several departments fought the equipment shed fire for more than three hours Wednesday evening.

More than $2 million of farm machinery was destroyed in a fire Wednesday evening in Clinton County.

A shed filled “bumper-to-bumper” with combines, tractors grain trucks and wagons caught fire about 6:30 p.m., according to Beckemeyer Fire Department Assistant Chief Nick Baker. The structure was engulfed in flames when several fire crews arrived at the Stolletown Road property, just north of new U.S. 50.

The fire was under control in about three hours and crews left the scene at about 10:15 p.m., Baker said. No one was injured during the fire.

The shed’s owner had seen the flames about a half-mile from his residence and called the fire department, Baker said. The 80-by-60-foot machine shed is about half a mile from the owner’s home in a field.

“It was loaded with farm machinery; they’re estimating at over $2 million worth of equipment. Combines, tractors — it was bumper-to-bumper parked in there,” Baker said.

Because of the amount of equipment, firefighters had “limited access to the inside of the building” and most of their efforts were concentrated on the exterior of the building. The building was destroyed.

“The family’s been farming in the area for several generations,” Baker said. The assistant chief said there had not been a fire with this amount of damage in recent history in Clinton County.

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