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Cutting torch likely cause of barn fire

Firefighters from several local districts, including Hardin, Stet and Norborne, battled a combination barn and shed fire on Route A, south of Route K, in Ray County. The fire destroyed two tractors that were in a garage area of the structure. The barn, fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, was a total loss. (Photos by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

Firefighters from several local districts, including Hardin, Stet and Norborne, battled a combination barn and shed fire on Route A, south of Route K, in Ray County. The fire destroyed two tractors that were in a garage area of the structure. The barn, fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, was a total loss. (Photos by Russ Green/Richmond News.)

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

 

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