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Barn, boat catch fire in Woodbury

A pole barn and boat burn near Century Avenue and Military Road March 8 in Woodbury. Courtesy of Woodbury Public Safety1 / 4
Firefighters work to put out a barn fire. Courtesy of Woodbury Public Safety2 / 4
Firefighters use the "tender-dump tank tactic" to get enough water to fight a barn fire. Courtesy of Woodbury Public Safety3 / 4
A firefighter works to put out the final stages of a barn fire. Courtesy of Woodbury Public Safety4 / 4

A barn that caught fire Friday morning in Woodbury is a total loss, Police Commander John Altman said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and no one was hurt. A boat parked near the barn was also a total loss.

The pole barn was located near Century Avenue and Military Road. This area lacks functional fire hydrants, which made it more difficult to fight the fire.

Because of this, firefighters used a "tender-dump tank tactic." Water tankers, or "tenders," quickly dumped water into a "drop tank," which looks like a portable pool. Water in the drop tank was then drawn into a pumper that supplies water to hoses hooked up to a fire truck.

Woodbury firefighters were assisted by Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo, Lower St. Croix Valley, Maplewood and Oakdale departments.

Hannah Black

Hannah Black is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. She is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Outside of reporting, she enjoys running, going to museums and trying new coffee shops. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her dog, Wendell.

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