UPDATE: More details are released regarding the Hayfield fire.
According to Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose, a report of a barn fire came in on Tuesday night, around 10:26. The barn was located near the Olmsted County line on State Highway 30 near rural Hayfield.
While gathering information from the caller, they indicated that nobody was injured from the fire, however there was a propane tank around 150 feet away from the building. The caller then moved all outside vehicles away from the fire to make room for emergency crews.
Deputies were dispatched to respond along with Hayfield Fire Department and Kasson Fire Department for mutual aid. The Stewartville Fire Department was also paged for mutual aid for tankers.
Responding deputies reported that they could see the fire from a mile away. When they arrived, they found the 50-80 foot building engulfed in flames. The owner reported several vehicles and items inside the structure including a truck, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, boat, tractor, dune buggy, ATV, mowers, and many other items. There were also 5 hens and 2 roosters in the building as well.
The owner indicated he was unsure what started the fire. He said something “popped” in the barn prior to it starting.
Fire crews cleared from the scene at approximately 12:30 a.m.
The building and all of its contents were a total loss. Values have yet to be determined.
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According to Hayfield fire 1st Chief Chris Nelson, the cause of the fire is not yet known.
He says there was a boat, a truck, a plow truck, numerous snow mobiles and some go-karts in that shed which is now considered a total loss.
The fire fighters were more prepared than normal, thanks to a Halloween tradition.
A good thing, because by the time they got to the fire, it had been burning for a while.
We were just having our annual Spook House and a bunch of us were down at the fire hall and we are all ready to rock and roll when the call came in," Nelson said. "Evidently the homeowner supposedly came home and had no idea what was going on and a neighbor just said 'Hey you guys got a fire going on?' and he's like 'No I don't know' and went outside and it was totally engulfed.
Because of the rural location of the fire, there was a need for multiple tanker trucks to provide water.
Nelson says he appreciates the help of Kasson and Stewartville Fire Departments for providing mutual aid.