Fire destroys barn in Independence

Firefighters battle a blaze in a pole barn located in Independence on March 23. (Submitted photo)
Firefighters battle a blaze in a pole barn located in Independence on March 23. (Submitted photo)
Around 6 a.m. on March 23, West Hennepin Public Safety Department and Delano Fire Department were dispatched to a garage fire at 2365 Nelson Road in Independence. Police Officers Aaron Geddes and Jon Howes from West Hennepin Public Safety arrived on scene and observed a detached pole barn engulfed in flames. The pole barn was positioned well away from the residence and did not pose a threat to other buildings.

Contact was made with the homeowners, Stephen and Ruth Clark, who confirmed no people were inside, but their animals were. The Clarks stated they woke up this morning and looked out the window to find the southwest part of the pole barn was on fire. Ruth advised the fire was too intense to do anything. The pole barn was built approximately one year ago.

Delano Fire Department arrived to extinguish the fire.

Delano Fire was assisted by Maple Plain and Watertown Fire Departments. The pole barn was destroyed and all animals were killed. Three sheep, three lambs and 13 chickens perished due to the fire.

“We are glad that no one was injured in the fire and sorry for the Clarks’ loss of their animals in this structure fire. Thank you to all the neighbors who came and helped where they could. We as a community are very lucky and appreciate the fast and professional response of the Delano Fire Department to this fire,” Sgt. Denneson said.