RICHMOND -- A pole shed was destroyed in a fire near Richmond on Saturday.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says deputies responded to a call about several burning hay bales and a possible building fire in the 23,000 block of 178th Avenue in Wakefield Township around 11:00 a.m.

Authorities say the homeowner, 47-year-old Charles Schmitz, was not home when the fire started. The 30-by-40 foot shed had a roof but no side walls, and contained around 40 bales of straw and 110 bales of hay cut and baled three weeks ago.

No one was hurt, and the fire did not spread to any other structures. The hay, straw, and pole shed are considered a complete loss.

Multiple agencies including the Cold Spring and Richmond fire departments assisted at the scene.

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