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Wakefield Township pole barn destroyed in Saturday night fire

About 110 hay bales and 40 straw walls in the barn were a complete loss along with the structure.

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WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — A pole shed was destroyed by fire Saturday night on the 23000 block of 178th Avenue, according to a news release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office .

According to the release, about 110 hay bales and 40 straw walls in the barn were a complete loss along with the structure.

The homeowner, Charles Schmitz, was not home when the fire started.

No other structures were damaged and the hay was cut and baled approximately 3 weeks ago.

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The fire remains under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office.

The Cold Spring/Richmond Police Department, Chain of Lakes Fire Department, Cold Spring Fire Department and Richmond Fire Department responded to the incident, reported at 11:10 p.m..

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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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