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July 19, 2012

Fire Destroys Hay Barn Near Arbela

A rural Scotland County farmer lost a large storage shed and the bulk of its contents to a fire Monday afternoon.

The Scotland County Fire Department was dispatched to the Clyde Zimmerman farm on Route H north of Arbela at 4:33 p.m. with a report that a 40x50 foot machine shed was fully engulfed by fire.

The Cantril, IA and Milton, IA fire departments also responded to the emergency call.

The fire completely destroyed the building, which contained approximately 40 large square bales of hay, as well as an antique tractor and some auto-body repair tools and equipment.

The fire departments were on the scene for several hours.

The blaze is believed to have been started by spontaneous combustion in the hay.

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