NEW MUNICH -- Fire crews responded to a barn fire early Wednesday morning.

The incident happened around 1:15 a.m. in the 31000 block of Riverview Road in Oak Township, about two miles northwest of New Munich.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says a deputy arrived on the scene and found a portion of the empty hog barn was on fire and flames coming from the roof.

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Melrose and Freeport fire crews arrived and put out the blaze.

The owner of the barn, 48-year-old Craig Viere of New Munich, told authorities the barn had been sprayed with formaldehyde on Monday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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