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Fire destroys machine shed in Salem Township

December 28, 2018

BYRON — A Salem Township couple was uninjured following an early morning fire Thursday that destroyed a machine shed on their property.

Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from Byron and Kasson were called around 3:30 a.m. Thursday to a residence in the 2800 block of 105th Avenue Southwest for a report of a fire, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns said.

A neighbor called emergency responders after noticing flames coming from a machine shed on the property of Charles and Pamela Tvedt, Behrns said. By the time firefighting crews arrived, the shed was fully engulfed in flames.

The Tvedts were evacuated from the home as a precaution, as the shed was located near a fuel tank and the home, Behrns said.

The shed and its contents, which were described as “mostly junk,” were considered a total loss, Behrns said. The cause of the fire is unknown and a cost estimate for the damage was not available Thursday morning.

The city of Byron posted on its Facebook page a word of caution Thursday morning following the fire. The city wrote that because of fire “water may be dirty for some households.”

“This is due to the fire tankers being filled at hydrants,” the post read. “Please run cold water to push it thru your home. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

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