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Empty Barn Catches Fire in Stow, Massachusetts

The heat and humidity on Saturday added an extra challenge for the firefighters who needed to take necessary precautions to avoid harm to themselves, officials said

A vacant barn in Stow, Massachusetts, was destroyed in a fire on Saturday after multiple Stow residents called 911 about seeing smoke near Athens Street and Hudson Road, officials said.

After searching the area for the source of the smoke, the Stow firefighters found a two-story barn ablaze, the fire department said.

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Because the barn was roughly 2,000 feet away from any water source, reinforcements had to be called in, officials said. Eight other fire departments close to the area assisted.

The heat and humidity on Saturday added an extra challenge for the firefighters who needed to take necessary precautions to avoid harm to themselves, officials said.

Only one firefighter was injured, but didn't need to be taken to a hospital, according to authorities.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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