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Fire destroys shed in Alexandria

A shed in a residential backyard area at 607 5th Avenue East caught fire this afternoon. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)

A fire destroyed a shed at 607 5th Avenue East in Alexandria at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, flames were spreading quickly throughout the small structure, sending thick clouds of black smoke into the air.

The fast-moving blaze took down overhead powerlines, setting off sparks of electricity as the lines popped and snapped. A nearby tree also caught fire.

The shed, a detached building in a backyard, was consumed in a matter of minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Traffic had to be rerouted in the area to let firefighters and electrical workers do their job.

More information will be printed as it becomes available.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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