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Semi-tractor trailers, hundreds of bales lost in Menahga area fire

Firefighters from four area departments along with Minnesota DNR Forestry work to extinguish a load of round bales on fire Friday at a farm located south of Hubbard and about five miles east of Menahga. (Kevin Cederstrom/Enterprise)1 / 2
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A fire burned two semi-tractors and trailers along with what is reported as several hundred round bales on a turkey and cattle farm near Menahga Friday.

The Menahga Fire Department and mutual aid from multiple departments responded to a report of a vehicle fire at the Dave Sabin farm in Shell River Township shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, according to the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office.

The farm is located south of Hubbard and about five east of Menahga on Wadena County Highway 23.

When Menahga Fire Department arrived on scene, a semi-tractor and trailer fully loaded with cornstalk round bales had started on fire. The fire spread to another semi-tractor and trailer parked nearby loaded with cornstalk round bales as well as a large number of bales piled nearby in the farm yard.

Because of the dry and windy weather conditions Friday, mutual aid was requested from Sebeka, Park Rapids and Wolf Lake Fire Departments. Also on scene was Minnesota/Nimrod DNR Forestry.

No injuries were reported during the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Both vehicles, trailers, and several hundred round bales were lost to the blaze, according to the sheriff’s office.

Also assisting the sheriff’s office was Menahga Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Tri-County Ambulance.