Firefighters minimize damage from machine shed fire south of Clinton

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CLINTON—Firefighters were able to minimize the damage of a Tuesday morning fire at a machine shed in the town of Bradford.

They were able to do so in extreme conditions without any injuries to members of the 16 departments that responded.

“It was really cold,” said Deputy Fire Chief Larry London of the Clinton Fire Department. “We also were lucky that the county sent in a salt truck so we could salt down the yard and keep from slipping.”

London said the call came in about 7 a.m. for the fire at 8601 E. Larsen Road.

Firefighters found the fire in the southeast corner of the 40-by-100-foot shed. That's pretty much where the blaze was contained, London said.

The shed, owned by Michael Henning, was primarily used for storage of farm implements, hay and some cattle feed.

Cattle were evacuated from a lean-to attached to the building, and about all that was lost were a couple of lawnmowers and some feedstuffs, London said.

An ongoing investigation likely will result in a cause and damage estimates, he said.

A box alarm brought several area departments and water tenders to the scene, most of which wasn't needed.

“In extreme weather, it's always better to have too many people and too much equipment because things have a way of breaking,” London said.

Extra personnel allowed firefighters to rotate in and out to stay warm.

Firefighters remained on the scene until about 9:30 a.m.

Last updated: 3:59 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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