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Local Fire Crews Respond to Monday Barn Fire Near Wapella

Wapella fire was called to a rural shed fire on Monday afternoon off US Highway 51 between Clinton and Wapella just after 3:30 pm.


Flames were through the roof when crews arrived and crews responded with a master stream of water. Water supply became an issue for a short time before crews were able to recover a steady stream. 


Wapella Fire was assisted at the scene by the Clinton Fire Department and Randolph Fire Department. 


The roof of the structure had fallen and the Village of Wapella provided a backhoe to remove the roof from inside the structure. 


The fire was extinguished without any further damage to adjacent buildings.

Authorities estimate another barn structure was within approximately 30 feet and additional concerns of power connecting the two buildings. 


Crews were on scene for approximately three hours. 


No injuries were reported in the incident and the building and its contents are a total loss. 


The cause of the fire is accidental. 


Authorities thank Dewitt County EMS, the DeWitt Sheriff's Office, The Village of Wapella, and DeWitt County CenCom for their assistance in this event and all the others they encounter. 

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