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Fire of unknown origin does much damage at Fischer farm
Larned firemen blast the fire with water Saturday night. Its not known what started the machine shed fire. - photo by Courtesy photo by Marshall P. Reece, Public Affairs Officer, Larned Fire Department

A fire of unknown origin did extensive damage Saturday night to a machine storage shed at the Lee F. Fischer farm southwest of Larned. Bill Clapham, Larned fire chief, said the machine shed was full, he believed, with a camper, a pickup and other items inside. He said he had "no idea" of the total amount of damage done. The Larned Fire Department received the fire call shortly before 9 p.m., Clapham said. It was a "bad fire," i.e., he said that everything went downhill after the firefighters arrived and tried to extinguish it.

The chief said there was a lot of fuel and combustible materials around.

From the Larned Department, three trucks, a rescue unit and a tanker responded to the call. Garfield sent two trucks and the Pawnee County Co-op brought in a tank truck, Clapham and Marshall P. Reece, public affairs officer for the LPD,said.

A Larned Emergency Medical Service ambulance stood by.

Firefighters were at the scene until about 1 a.m. Monday, the men said.

Fischer did not want to talk much about damage totals, because representatives of his insurance carrier had not yet arrived on Monday, he said.