Sleepy Eye Fire Department has been busy lately with five incidents in a week’s time.

Sleepy Eye Fire Department has been busy lately with five incidents in a week’s time. According to Chief Ron Zinniel, the department responded to two grass fires (on the same day,) a kitchen stove fire, a car rollover in town, and a barn fire.

Zinniel commented that the dry conditions mean the risk for grass fires remains high. He said, “the burning ban is still in effect in Brown County.”

The barn fire was on Monday, April 6 at the farm of Mark Marti, east of town. A goat barn was destroyed in the fire. Sleepy Eye firefighters were paged out at 7:30 a.m. and were wrapping up their operation when the accompanying photo was taken at 9:30 a.m.

According to the fire department spokesperson at the scene, Shane Martinka, the barn was engulfed in flames when they arrived. The goats were removed, but a baby goat and its mother perished in the fire.

Following the fire, Marti, with help from neighbors and friends Dan and Lisa Seidl, was enclosing the area around an open shed to house the goats temporarily.