Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office has released a damage estimate for a pole shed fire that occurred in rural northeast Rochester earlier this week. 

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Lt. Lee Rossman said the Tuesday morning fire in the 3400 block of Hermann Ct. Northeast destroyed between $150,000 and $200,000 in property. Lost in the fire was a skid-steer loader, Kubota tractor, large amount of tools and skid-steer loader attachments. 

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Firefighters initiated a water shuttle operation using tankers, including mutual aid tankers from Dover and Eyota fire departments. Crews remained on the scene until 11:00 a.m. attempting to extinguish hotspots.

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Oronoco and Stewartville fire departments also assisted RFD crews. One Rochester firefighter was assessed by Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service for exhaustion symptoms.

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The property owner told authorities they do not know how it started. The fire remains under investigation.

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