Fire Destroys Barn Near St. Martin

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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.

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