Fire destroys building near Gasoline Alley

A farm building was destroyed by fire Monday evening shortly after a producer who had been working all day parked his tractor in the structure.

Smoke from a quonset fire in Red Deer County as seen from south Red Deer on Monday evening.

A farm building was destroyed by fire Monday evening shortly after a producer who had been working all day parked his tractor in the structure.

The 4,000-square foot Quonset was fully engulfed when Red Deer County Fire Department crews arrived on the scene located about four km south of the Red Deer city limits just west of Hwy 2.

No one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the barn and contents, said Ric Henderson, Director of Community and Protective Services for the county.

Henderson said the first alarm was received shortly before 7 p.m. which prompted a response from all four county fire stations.

“When we arrived the building was fully involved and flames where shooting through the roof,” Henderson said.

The building contained some fuel and various farm implements.

He said the farmer had just parked his tractor in the building after working all day in his fields.

“Luckily the fire didn’t spread to any of the surrounding fields.

“The structure was far enough away from other buildings that it didn’t damage them,” Henderson said.

A cause hadn’t been determined but investigators hadn’t had an opportunity to probe the ruins as of later that night.

It’s believe all the building’s contents were destroyed.

Smoke, which could be seen as far away as Bowden, attracted scores of onlookers

jwilson@bprda.wpengine.com

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