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Firefighters from four surrounding towns battled a rural fire late Thursday afternoon north of Hardin. Firefighters from Stet, Hardin, Norborne and Braymer were called to the Gary Sneed residence on Route A, 2½ miles south of Route K in Ray County, where a combination barn and shed was destroyed.
Although no official cause has been determined, Stet Fire Chief Kenneth Wood said the fire probably began in the shop area where a cutting torch was being used. Wood said when firefighters arrived at 3:15 p.m. the structure was fully engulfed in smoke and flames.
Two tractors that were in the garage on the north side of the structure were destroyed as well.
“When we arrived, the owner had pulled one of the tractors out with a dozer,” Wood said.
Firefighters cleared the scene at 5:30 p.m. There were no injuries reported.
– Russ Green/Richmond News