Fire destroys storage building in Clintonville


Grace Kirchner Leader Correspondent

Photo by Grace Kirchner An early morning fire on Friday destroyed a building in Clintonville being used for storage. The cause of the fire is being investigated, according to fire chief Shane Krueger.

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a storage building behind 88 S. Main St. in Clintonville Friday morning.

Mary-Beth Kuester, who lives nearby, said she reported the fire after hearing a popping sound at about 2:30 a.m. coming from a nearby small brush pile.

“My dad and his brothers built that building in about 1938 before the war,” Kuester said. “For a time, FWD stored snowmobiles in there. During the ’50s, the school district located the industrial arts and the ag classes in there. There was a walkway from the nearby high school over.”

Fire Chief Shane Krueger said there were no injuries. ATH Window Company had been using the building to store its trucks. One truck was lost in the fire.

Residents in the area were told to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

The Clintonville Fire Department had some difficulty in getting at the fire because they had to wait until the overhead power lines could be shut off, according to Krueger.

Fireman remained on the scene Friday morning to extinguish any hot spots.