Oct. 9, 2006

Fire destroys machine shed in southern Franklin Twp. Saturday

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

A 50-foot-by-90-foot machine shed at Kohls Dairy in southern Franklin Township was destroyed following a fire Saturday afternoon.

The Watertown Fire Department received a call of a machine shed fire into Wright County at the Scott Kohls residence on Dalton Ave. SE, just before 4 p.m., according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Department.

Watertown Fire, along with sheriff’s deputies from Carver and Wright counties, responded.

“It was fully involved when we arrived,” according to Watertown Fire Chief Ned Schroder, who said he then called for assistance from the Delano, Montrose, Mayer, and Waconia fire departments.

Along with fighting the blaze, Schroder said firefighters closed doors on other sheds nearby, in efforts to keep the fire and damage contained to the one building.

Two Watertown firefighters received minor injuries fighting the fire; one received a sprained finger, and another received heat exhaustion. Both were treated on scene by Ridgeview Ambulance, Schroder said.

Following investigation, it was determined an eight-year-old playing with a lighter started the fire, Schroder said. The loss of the shed and its contents is estimated at approximately $150,000.

A representative of the Delano Fire Department said Delano was on-scene for about two-and-a-half hours, and said that the windy conditions of the day didn’t make this an easy fire to fight. He added that Delano was called for water tankers and man power.

This is the second larger fire Delano has assisted the Watertown Fire Department on recently; the other being a large grass fire that burned between 80 and 100 acres last Monday.

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