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Fire destroys garage south of Plato

A garage and two smaller outbuildings were leveled by fire at a residence on 80th Street, south of Plato, on Monday afternoon.
The Plato Fire Department was paged out at about 2:15 p.m., and automatic mutual aid was provided by the Glencoe Fire Department.
Plato Fire Chief Jay Wood said that when the Plato department arrived, there were a couple of explosions as an LP tank and another small tank blew up.
Because of the explosions, Wood set up his pumper engine at the end of the driveway, well away from the garage.
The garage was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, and flames were threatening a house and a large barn.
“I was very concerned about the house,” said Wood, who then called for more help from the Hamburg and Norwood Young America fire departments. Neither the barn nor the house was damaged.

For more, see the April 6 print edition of The Chronicle.