Highland News Leader

Home, shed damaged in two separate fires in Highland area

A Highland home suffered serious damage and a shed in rural Highland was destroyed in two separate fires over a 34-hour period Sunday and Monday.

The Highland Fire Department responded to a fire at 95 Sundew Lane at 12:40 a.m. on Monday.

Assistant Fire Chief Kerry Federer said the fire started in a wall near a hot tub located in a sun porch off the back of the home.

A man, a woman and their pets escaped without injury.

“The smoke detector woke them up,” Federer said. “It did what it was supposed to do.”

In addition to smoke damage, the sun porch was also heavily damaged, Federer said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours.

Highland-Pierron firefighters were called out at 6:22 p.m. on Sunday to a shed fire at 13830 Frey Acres Drive after a neighbor heard an explosion.

Highland-Pierron Fire Chief Steve Plocher said the shed was fully involved when firefighters arrived.

“It’s a total loss the way it looks,” Plocher said.

In addition to the building, all of its contents were also lost. The shed housed several cherished items, including several vehicles that the owner had been working to restore.

The fire was likely started by a lawnmower, Plocher said.

“He had been cutting grass all afternoon and put the mower away and left. It looks like it started where his mower was at,” Plocher said.

St. Rose, Pocahontas-Old Ripley, Grantfork and Marine firefighters also responded with pumper trucks to help haul water. Firefighters were on the scene for about 3 1/2 hours on Sunday, Plocher said, and were called back at 4:30 a.m. on Monday to extinguish a rekindle, but remained only for a short time.