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Truck a complete loss following Tuesday morning fire in Freeman

Freeman firefighters prepare to enter a machine shed on the Derrick Preheim farm located about 6 miles north of Freeman. The Freeman Volunteer Fire Department was called the scene around 7:15 a.m. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Waltner/Freeman Courier)

FREEMAN — Freeman firefighters were able to minimize damage to a machine shed after a feed truck started on fire early Tuesday morning.

Approximately 20 firefighters were on scene for more than two hours battling a blaze that broke out around 7:10 a.m. at 43856 272nd St., 6 miles of Freeman, according to Freeman Fire Chief Cody Fransen.

A feed truck parked inside of the machine shed started on fire, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the truck, resulting in minimal damage to the shed, but the truck's cab was a complete loss, Fransen said. The cause of the vehicle fire is unknown and no injuries were reported.

"The people there did a very good job at keeping the doors to the shed closed before we got there, which helped keep it smothered until we were able to get hoses ready to go, then it was just a matter of dousing the flames," Fransen said. "That made a big difference."