PAYNESVILLE  – A barn full of hay and straw was destroyed in a fire Monday afternoon on a farm north of Paynesville.

No animals were inside the barn.

The barn contained about 5,000 bales of hay and straw.

The structure, which is located about six miles southwest of St. Martin, was a total loss, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

The homeowner, Randall Hemmesch, 62, of Paynesville, was not at home at the time of the fire, which is under investigation.

St. Martin Fire Department, Paynesville Fire Department, Lake Henry Fire Department and Paynesville Ambulance assisted at the scene of the fire.