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Barn fire destroys water source for livestock

August 18, 2018

BATTLE CREEK — Firefighters from two agencies were on the scene for about 90 minutes late Wednesday afternoon putting out a barn fire.

Cleon Schwede, the Battle Creek fire chief, said Battle Creek volunteer firefighters were called between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Wednesday to the barn fire, about three miles west of Battle Creek and one mile north of Highway 275.

The barn didn’t contain any livestock, but did have straw and farm equipment, including a pump that provided water for livestock, he said.

No firefighters or animals were injured. In addition, firefighters from Meadow Grove assisted as did the Elkhorn Rural Public Power District.

The fire is believed to have started from a burn barrel, with paper believed to have blown up onto the roof of the barn, the fire chief said.

Firefighters were able to keep other nearby buildings from catching fire.

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