Trail association loses groomers to fire

A pole shed that contained two Sherburne County Trail Association’s groomers has been destroyed by fire.

Of greatest disappointment may be the demise of a new 7330 John Deere with Soucy tracks and blade that was shown off on group’s Facebook page in a Dec. 2010 post.

That machine and another are valued at a combined total of $320,000, according to initial estimates.

Zimmerman Fire with the help of mutual aid put between 35,000 and 40,000 gallons of water on a Sherburne County Trail Association pole shed fire on Thursday.

Zimmerman Fire was dispatched to the fire at 11:58 a.m. on Thursday, March 17. The building was fully involved with fire, with the exception of the classroom area, according to Chief Ryan Maloney.

There were reports of two small explosions in the area about an hour before a neighbor seen smoke and called 911 to report the fire.

With the help of mutual aid departments, between 35,000 to 40,000 gallons of water were hauled to the scene to fight the fire.

The trail association reportely has one groomer left that was not in the shed at the time of the fire.

The view inside the pole shed did not look good. Two groomers were destroyed.

The person updating the organization’s Facebook site reports there will be an association meeting soon, but not until there’s more information available from the group’s insurance company.

Firefighters worked from the center of the pole shed to extinguish the blaze on Thursday, March 17.

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