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Fire damages Marathon County HIghway shop, trucks, equipment early Friday

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Truck damage from a highway barn fire on Highway 97 in Marathon County.
Highway barn fire on Highway 97 in Marathon County.
Truck damage from a highway barn fire on Highway 97 in Marathon County.

STRATFORD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Fire caused heavy damage to a Marathon County Highway Department facility and the equipment stored inside.

A passing motorist spotted smoke coming from the Highway 97 shop near Stratford shortly before 3 o’clock Friday morning. Six heavy trucks, a front end loader, and a skid steer were all burned along with the building. Early estimates have the damage well over 1.5 million dollars.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Stratford and Edgar firefighters battled the blaze.

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