It took Maple Lake and Annandale fire fighters several hours to put out a barn fire on County Road 8 last week north of Maple Lake.
While no people or animals were injured, roughly 12 large round bales of hay were lost, and the building was completely destroyed, Maple Lake Fire Chief Steve Peterson said.
According to a Wright County Sheriff’s report, the fire started around 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26. The owner of the property was operating a skid steer to move a bail of hay out of the shed when she noticed a strange odor coming from the machine. When it started to get hot she realized it was on fire, got out, and called 911. The fire spread across the ground and into the open barn door starting the hay inside on fire.
Maple Lake responded with six fire trucks and 21 fire fighters and received mutual aid from Annandale that included two more trucks and five more fire fighters. Together the crews worked until 11 that night to put out the flames.
The fire rekindled on Friday, April 27 and Maple Lake returned to battle it again. MLFD was paged once more on Saturday, April 28 and with the help of Mares Excavating they were finally able to put out the fire with water, Peterson said.