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Fire destroys pole barn, milking house in Battle Lake

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A pole barn, milking house, two sheds and other property were destroyed in a fire in Battle Lake.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the buildings engulfed in flames. A Case tractor, fishing boat and ATV were also lost in the fire.


A malfunctioning livestock water tank heater is believed to be the cause of the fire, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department.

Owner of the property is Patrick Hult, 63, of rural Battle Lake.

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