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Weekend fire claims farm building

One of the outbuildings on a Hastings area farm burned early Sunday morning.

A farm in the 18000 block of Hogan Avenue was the site of a large fire early Sunday morning. The Hastings Fire Department received the call at 3:38 a.m. June 12.

The first crews to arrive at the scene saw heavy smoke and flame in one of the outbuildings, said John Townsend, Hastings' assistant fire chief. The fire was already too hot for firefighters to attack it from inside the structure, so they had to manage the blaze entirely from the outside.

An employee at the farm reported the fire. He had been working on a piece of equipment when some fuel ignited, Townsend said. He called 9-1-1 when he was unable to extinguish the flames himself. There was a large amount of flammable liquids in the structure that fed the flames.

"It was a pretty fast-moving fire," Townsend said.

Firefighters were on scene until about noon Sunday. A damage estimate has not been made yet. As well as housing machinery, the structure also held some offices.

Katrina Styx

Katrina Styx started working at the Hastings Star Gazette 2010 as a reporter. She became the editor in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.

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