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Fire destroys machine shed near Silver Lake

An early-morning fire Sunday destroyed a machine shed and its contents northeast of Silver Lake.
According to Silver Lake Fire Chief Dale Kosek, the department was paged at 2:22 a.m. for the fire, located at the Dave Pokornowski residence on 228th Street.
Kosek said Pokornowski used the 50-foot by 100-foot, steel shed as a repair shop for tractors, combines and semi tractors. The shed also had a 30-foot by 40-foot addition that was used for office space and parts storage.
He said Pokornowski was awakened by popping noises outside his home, and found the shed on fire. A responding deputy reported the shed to be fully engulfed.
“We knew right away we’d be fighting this defensively,” said Kosek.
The Winsted Fire Department was summoned for a pumper and manpower, Cokato provided a water tanker and the Glencoe Fire Department brought up the county air van to refill firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) air bottles.
Kosek said there were about 12 to 14 tractors, a semi tractor and other vehicles, parts, oil drums and other items in the shop.
Kosek said firefighters were on the scene until about 7:30 a.m., and poured about 40,000 gallons of water on the blaze.
The State Fire Marshal is still investigating, Kosek said, but it is believed the fire started somewhere in the heating system.
A dollar loss has not yet been determined, he added.