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Barn Full of Bees Destroyed in Massive Fire
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/01/2014

A barn in rural Eau Claire County that was used to house bees was destroyed by fire over the weekend. According to authorities, the blaze caused about $200,000 in damage to the structure.

The fire was reported Sunday afternoon in the town of Pleasant Valley.

A worker at the farm reported to firefighters that while attempting to light and use a bee pot smoker, some embers fell and ignited straw chaff. She and her fiance were able to make it to their parked vehicle and go to a neighbors to call the fire in.

Due to the remoteness of the farm off the town road and muddy conditions, firefighters had to use brush trucks and specially equipped ATVs to extinguish the fire.

A few acres of leaves and underbrush also burned in the woods north of the barn but was brought under control quickly by the brush and ATV units.

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