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Fire destroys shed, damages barn near Cashton

CASHTON, Wis. (WXOW) - What originally started as a controlled burning of old fertilizer bags quickly turned into a call to the fire department on Saturday.

The Cashton Fire Department was first on the scene off of County Highway H after a family's shed had caught fire due to high winds. Embers from the fertilizer bags made their way into the shed and caught bedding made of old wood shavings on fire. The fire quickly expanded destroying the shed and side of the family's barn.

The Coon Valley Fire Department joined the Cashton Fire Department shortly after to help extinguish the flames. It took about 15 minutes to get the fire out.

One of the main concerns was the wind and the possibility of the barn beside the shed burning down as well. One of the barn's exterior walls was damaged but repairable.

The family is just happy that there were no animals in the shed at the time and that the damages were not any worse.

The Coon Valley Fire Department says that even though it has rained a lot in the last couple weeks, the high winds cause everything to dry more quickly making the possibility of grass fires and other uncontrollable fires more of a reality.

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