Winona business destroyed by fire

By AMANDA SEXTON FERGUSON,

WINONA -- It took firefighters more than six hours to extinguish a fire that destroyed Crossroads Small Engine in Winona Monday night.

According to Winona Fire Chief Brad Mooneyham, Winona firefighters responded to the report of a fire at Crossroads Small Engine, located at 1218 Highway 51 North, at 9:44 p.m. Monday night.

“We received a call from [Montgomery County Emergency Operations Center],” Mooneyham said.  “The caller said they could see smoke coming from the building.  When the responding engine got on the scene, there was heavy smoke and fire visible.”

Mooneyham said the fire completely engulfed the building, and several other fire departments WI called to assist.  Mooneyham said Kilmichael, Duck Hill, Elliot, and Carroll County were all called to assist.  Mooneyham also said the Winona Police Department was on the scene.

“We battled [the fire] for six or seven hours,” Mooneyham said.  “We are still going back and hitting the hot spots that flare up [as of press time Wednesday].  With the oil, gas, tires, and plastic in that building, it was hard to get the fire out.”

Mooneyham said the main building and all of its contents were a complete loss, but       firefighters and first responders were able to save all equipment outside the building and inside a house nearby.

“Everything inside that main building was destroyed,” Mooneyham said.  “Once it hit that oil and gas, it was gone.”

Mooneyham said water to extinguish the fire had to be taken the closest hydrant which was located a ways south on Highway 51 near the Scott Station.  It took firefighters 25,000 gallons of water to finally extinguish the blaze.

No one was injured in the fire, but Mooneyham said one firefighters was treated on the scene and released.

Mooneyham said the fire appeared to have started in the office area of the building, but the cause of the fire is unknown as of now until the Mississippi Fire Investigator can conduct his investigation.  The winter weather has prevented him from getting to Winona as of press time on Wednesday.

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