Authorities looking into fire that destroyed shed near Evansville

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Neil Johnson
Saturday, November 9, 2013

TOWN OF UNION—The Evansville Fire Department was still trying to learn what caused a fire that destroyed a storage full of antiques east of Evansville on Saturday morning.

The Evansville Fire Department responded to a large, wood frame storage shed on fire at a farm at 7538 N. Territorial Road just east of Evansville shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday.   

Fire Chief Terry Wendt said when firefighters got there, the shed was totally engulfed in flames, with a brisk western wind fanning the fire away from a house on the property just west of the shed.

Fire crews put water on the fire using a tank truck and a pop-up water tank, but the fire department couldn't save the shed, which was heavily damaged by the fire.

Wendt said no one was injured in the fire. He said the department and the Rock County Sheriff's Office were interviewing residents at the farm to learn a possible cause of the fire. He said the shed had a gas stove, and a neighbor reported hearing a loud explosion just before the fire broke out.

The fire department couldn't give a cost estimate of damages, but Wendt said the shed contained a “bunch of antique items.”

Last updated: 11:23 am Saturday, November 9, 2013

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