The Verndale Fire Department responded to a fire call Saturday, March 20, just after 11 a.m.
The Wadena Fire Department provided mutual aid and they worked together to fight a fire in multiple outbuildings at the property near the 11000 block of 151st Ave. southwest of Verndale in Wadena Township. Strong wind gusts of nearly 30 mph pushed the flames to make quick work of the structures.
Upon arrival, one of the buildings a small barn was fully engulfed and another with a working fire. The homeowner indicated he was outside working in the shop when he heard a “pop” and looked outside to see the building on fire, according to a Wadena County Sheriff's Office news release.
Due to the high winds, the fire quickly spread to an older, one stall garage type building, which contained totes of personal belongings. The old barn style building was a complete loss. The older one stall garage was partially damaged from water and fire. Also damaged was the siding on the north and west side of the family residence. There was a kennel-style chicken coop directly behind where the initial fire started. The chicken coop and 11 chickens were also a loss. No people were injured in the incident.
The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Verndale Fire Department, Wadena Fire Department, Tri-County Ambulance and the State Fire Marshal. This fire is pending investigation.