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Barnesville Grainery Destroyed By Fire

Barnesville Grainery Destroyed By Fire

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A rural Barnesville, Minnesota grainery has been destroyed following a fire that started late Thursday night. 

Clay County Sheriff's Deputies say the homeowner living at 12840 200 Street S., rural Barnesville noticed smoke coming from the building and when he opened the door saw the fire inside. 

He called out firefighters around 11:25 PM, crews say by time they arrived the building was fully engulfed in flames. Officers say flames shot up about 10 to 15 feet above the building. Crews were able to get the fire knocked down by 12:30 AM.

Firefighters say they had to battle the wind and that caused them to worry about a nearby propane tank, storage shed and the home.

Officers didn't have an estimate for the damage but say the homeowner said the building was built in the early 1900's. 

No one was hurt, although the homeowner did get some of his hair singed when he opened the building door to find the fire, he didn't need medical attention. 

The homeowners were using the building as a chicken coop, the homeowners say they had a heat lamp set up for about 80 chicks inside and they believe somehow the fire was caused by the heat lamp. All the chicks were killed in the fire.  

The homeowners say that Barnesville firefighters called in Hawley's Fire Department in to assist. Luckily, they were only a short distance away putting out a grass fire and were able to get to the home quickly to help knock down the fire.  
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