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Fire damages farm near St. Charles

ST. CHARLES, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Fire has caused about $500,000 in damage to a farm near St. Charles.

Bill Dunlay and his wife woke up to the smell of smoke at their farm at 19533 County Road 9 at about 6 a.m. Friday.

Dunlay found an outbuilding and equipment inside were engulfed in flames. Dunlay said he thinks the fire started from a spontaneous combustion in the hay bales. The fire destroyed 600 bushels of corn, a year's worth of hay and a combine.  

"There were three tractors and the skid loader -- I got all that out and then the rest was kind of boxed in," said Dunlay. "I couldn't get at it and the truck wouldn't start so I couldn't get that out."

No animals were hurt in the fire.


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