Animals and treasured tools lost in Griswold Fire Sunday morning

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September 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Four chickens, two pickup trucks and treasured family tools were lost in a barn fire Sunday morning, just northwest of Griswold on the Dean Orstad farm.

Ric Hanson/photo

Ric Hanson/photo

Fire destroys a barn/shed on the Dean Orstad farm. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Fire destroys a barn/shed on the Dean Orstad farm. (Ric Hanson/photo)

Firefighters from Griswold were called to the scene at 68113 Scott Street, at 8:05-a.m. Smoke from the fire was visible from as far away as Atlantic.

Law enforcement arriving on the scene reported heavy smoke and flames, and several vehicles near the barn on fire. The Orstad residence was far enough away from the fire that it not appear to have been in danger. Dean Orstad was distraught over the loss of his father’s tools, the animals and the structure, which housed a shop and a living area. He told KJAN News he woke up and saw the building fully engulfed in flames. A cause for the fire has not yet been determined.