Emergency personnel responded to a barn fire located about 6 miles southwest of St. Martin Monday afternoon (see photos below-courtesy Stearns County Sheriff’s Office).
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says the barn’s owner, 62-year-old Randall Hemmesch, of Paynesville, was not home at the time of the fire.
The barn contained approximately 5,000 bails of hay/straw.
No cattle or animals were inside the barn.
Authorities say the barn is a total loss and the cause is under investigation.
St. Martin Fire, Paynesville Fire, Lake Henry Fire and Paynesville Ambulance assisted at the scene.