Monday afternoon, at 2:45 p.m. the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office and the Dassel Fire Department responded to 31344 CSAH 19 for a shed fire.
The owner, Junice Anderson, age 70 of Kimball had just mowed some grass and then put the mower back in the shed, and a short while later the 8×12 foot gardening shed burned.
The shed and the items consisting of the lawn tractor, two tillers, a sprayer, a pull behind leaf rake, various hand tools and some antiques were a total loss. No one was injured as a result of this fire. The estimated total loss is approximately $8,000.
On Monday at 5:45 p.m., Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a structure fire and responded along with Litchfield and Eden Valley Fire Departments to the address of 62316 300th street in Harvey Township.
The owner, Merlyn Maxon, age 68, was also present. The shed was fully engulfed upon the arrival of emergency personnel, and both the shed and its contents were a total loss.
The shed contained a rider lawnmower, furniture, and various car parts. The fire also spread to a smaller shed nearby that was used for storing firewood only, causing moderate damage to that shed. The total estimated loss of value is approximately $12,000.
It was determined that a rider lawnmower had started the fire after igniting for an unknown reason, and shortly after having been used and parked in the shed.
No injuries were reported.