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Fire damages three farm buildings

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
May 29, 2010
— Burning trash spread to three farm buildings in southeastern Rock County on Friday morning, the Clinton Fire Department reported.

Wind spread the trash fire to the ruins of a large, collapsed barn at 4317 S. Odling Road, said Clinton Fire Chief John Rindfleisch.


The fire spread to three other wooden outbuildings, which were described as barns or large sheds.


Young cattle from one of the buildings were moved from one of the burning buildings.


No animals were harmed and no machinery damaged in the fires, Rindfleisch said. One firefighter cut his hand, but that did not require hospital treatment.


The call went out at 8:07 a.m. The last fire unit left the scene about three hours later, Rindfleisch said.


The shingles and roofs of the three buildings were in bad shape, but the buildings appear to be repairable, Rindfleisch said.


The buildings were not insured, and there would be no damage estimate, Rindfleisch said.


Surrounding fire departments were called to the scene. Rindfleisch said 15 units with about 50 firefighters worked the fires.


George Atkinson is the property owner, Rindfleisch said. The tenants are Craig and Amy McWilliam.



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