OLMSTED COUNTY, Minn. - Multiple agencies responded to a large fire in rural Olmsted County that began with a controlled burn but quickly got out of control.
Officials told KIMT a controlled burn resulted in a large barn catching on fire at 8652 County Rd. 15 SW., which is west of the Rochester International Airport.
A large fire destroyed property Tuesday in rural Olmsted County. KIMT photo.
Fire crews from Stewartville, Hayfield, and Rochester were on the scene. The smoke was visible from at least five miles away.
The owner of the barn spoke to KIMT and says he did obtain a burning permit and has 26 years of burning experience.
Capt. Steve Denny says even with experience incidents like this can happen and asks the community to be careful.
He said, "If you're going to burn, be cautious of your surroundings, be cautious of the wind. It may start off small but by the time you think you can get it put out, it can take off really quick."
The barn is considered a total loss. The homeowner also says he had wood and woodworking materials inside the barn.