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Fire destroys storage shed at Nachusa Grasslands

Numerous motorized vehicles destroyed

A storage shed and its contents, worth about $500,000, were destroyed by a fire at the Nachusa Grasslands on the morning of Feb. 5.

Franklin Grove Fire Department responded to the headquarters of the Grasslands, 2075 S. Lowden Road, around 6:45 a.m.

The Morton pole storage barn, located near the headquarter’s barn, stored Grasslands’ mobile apparatus: six water trailer sprayers, six utility trailers, a tractor and a pickup truck.

All of those items were a total loss, said Gelasia Croom, spokeswoman for the Nature Conservancy, the owner of the 3,600-acre prairie.

An estimated $500,000 worth of damage was done, Franklin Grove Fire Lt. David Haas said.

The fire took four hours to contain and did not spread to nearby fields or affect the nearby bison habitat. A replacement shed will be rebuilt, Nachusa Project Director Bill Kleiman said last week.

Arson is not suspected, and the state fire marshal is investigating the cause.

No one was injured.

Amboy, Ashton, Dixon City, Dixon Rural, Mt. Morris and Oregon fire departments also responded.

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