Rural Watonwan County Barn Fire 12 Dec 13

A barn belonging to the fire chief of the town of Ormsby was destroyed by a fire Wednesday afternoon. The rural Watonwan County fire was initially reported at around 1:30pm, and the barn owned by Andy Swanson was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The Odin Fire Department was the first to respond to the scene, with other departments following later. The barn reportedly housed chickens and goats, all of which were lost in the fire. The official cause of the fire has not been determined at this time, but it is believed to have been started by a piece of machinery that overheated.