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Ethan Fire Chief Dan Pollreisz walks back to the fire truck while working to contain a grass and structure fire Tuesday afternoon at 26422 399th Avenue. Ethan and Mount Vernon firefighters responded to the blaze shortly after 2 p.m. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

Fire engulfs old barn

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MOUNT VERNON -- A fire destroyed an old wooden barn shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday at a farmstead south of Mount Vernon.

Steve Gerlach, a firefighter with the Mount Vernon Fire Department, said the plume of smoke rising from the barn could be seen from miles away, and the structure was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

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