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Published November 28, 2012, 11:49 AM

UPDATE: Dilworth shed fire sends 2 to hospital for smoke inhalation

DILWORTH – A man who was welding this morning inside a large shed in Dilworth before it caught fire tried unsuccessfully to put out the blaze and was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, Dilworth Fire Chief Kurt Kennedy said.

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DILWORTH – A man who was welding this morning inside a large shed in Dilworth before it caught fire tried unsuccessfully to put out the blaze and was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, Dilworth Fire Chief Kurt Kennedy said.

The fire was reported at 11:10 a.m. behind Edeen Family Dentistry at 806 Center Ave. W. Firefighters were still putting out hotspots as of 12:30 p.m.

A Dilworth firefighter also was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Authorities briefly shut down Highway 10 because a south wind was blowing heavy smoke across the road, reducing visibility.

Dilworth police arrived first on the scene. After making sure no one was inside the building, they began to back away from it “because stuff started to blow up,” Police Chief Josh Ebert said.

Kennedy said the explosions were likely car tires popping. Oxygen and acetylene tanks used for welding were inside the building, but didn’t explode, he said.

The building is likely a total loss, Kennedy said, adding polyurethane foam insulation was contributing to the fire.

The cause of the fire hadn’t been determined, he said.

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