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United Fire responds to barn fire in Baldwin Township

The United Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 692 250th St. in Baldwin Township just before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The structure was a small, Amish barn. Sarah Nigbor / RiverTown Multimedia

The United Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 692 250th St. in Baldwin Township just before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The structure was a small, Amish barn.

"When the owner called, he said he was trying to heat water in the barn. That doesn't work too well. It was a total loss, but he was able to get all the cattle and a lot of his supplies out as well, which he was happy about," said Fire Chief Gary Newton.

After receiving the initial call, the department received several calls saying the fire was through the roof of the barn and that the roof had fallen down.

"There was really no exposure, so we didn't stay there too long. I think we were there about an hour and a half, with some of that being the time it took to wrap the hose up and talk to the owner," Newton said. "We called for more help because, being the day time, we are getting less and less help during those times of day. We were able to turn them back right away, but it is better to be safe than sorry. It was good to know we had the help coming if we needed it."

Agencies assisting on the call included: Roberts, River Falls and Hudson fire departments.

"The owner said that he was trying to boil some water in a little cast pot in the lower part of the barn. He said he had it too hot and that the roof of the lower part caught fire and then got up into the hay loft," Newton said. "The owner was happy that he was able to get all of his livestock out. I'm glad that everything went okay in this cold."

The barn was not close enough to any of the other structures on the property to put them in danger of catching fire, Newton said.

St. Croix County land records list the property owners as Harvey and Clara Gingerich.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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