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Thursday, 17 November 2016 11:49

Shed destroyed after fire near Clinton

Written by  Shelly Berkelo, Gazettextra

CLINTON—Fire destroyed a 20-by-40-foot shed in rural Clinton on Wednesday.

“It was a total loss,” Clinton Fire Chief John F. Rindfleisch said.

Owner Jared Nortier at 5:21 p.m. Wednesday reported the fire at 8719 E. Highway 67.

Rindfleisch called it a "fairly large fire." Firefighters dispatched from the village about four miles from the fire could see a glow from the flames in the sky, he said.

Area fire departments were called for help, he said.

Firefighters found the structure engulfed in flames and partially collapsed, Rindfleisch said.

“It had gone up pretty fast,” he said.

All of the fire departments except the town of Turtle and Sharon were called off before they arrived, Rindfleisch said.

Damage is estimated at $20,000. The cause is undetermined, he said.

The homeowner told fire officials he was burning leaves and brush earlier in the day but not next to the shed, Rindfleisch said.

There was no electricity to the building, he said.

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