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3 fire departments battle farm fire on East Lake Victoria Road SE

The Alexandria Fire Department was called to the scene shortly before 7 p.m. with Forada and Osakis Fire Departments shortly after for mutual aid.

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The Alexandria, Forada and Osakis Fire Departments battled a farm fire Monday night, Oct. 10, 2022.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA โ€” The Alexandria Fire Department was called to a barn fire on East Lake Victoria Road SE shortly before 7 p.m. Monday night, Oct. 10.

According to Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow, the call came in at 6:57 p.m. Shortly after the Alexandria firefighters were on scene, both the Forada Fire Department and the Osakis Fire Department were called in for mutual aid โ€” for both water and manpower, said Karrow.

He said there were about 30 to 35 cows that they were able to rescue out of the barn and only one cow perished in the fire.

The farm is owned by Glen Klimek, according to the Douglas County website, but his son, Frank, reportedly has taken over the farming. Karrow said Frank Klimek was in the barn trying to get the cows out when firefighters arrived on scene.

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Three fire departments, including Alexandria, Forada and Osakis battle a farm fire Monday night, Oct. 10, 2022.
Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

Karrow said the fire spread to the milking parlor, but that the residence and other buildings on the farm were not damaged, as of 8:30 p.m. Monday night.

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Because there were no hydrants on the property, Karrow said the fire departments had a filling station set up at the Lake Victoria public access where there was a fire hydrant. He said six water tankers shuttled water to the farm site.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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