Old-Fashioned Bank Barn Destroyed By Fire On Burnison Road

  • 2/5/2019 9:54:35 AM
  • Larry Stine
  • Local News

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP - No injuries were reported as multiple departments battled an early Tuesday morning bank barn fire at 1491 Burnison Road in northwestern Springfield Township.

Springfield Township Fire Chief Ronald Henry says the call came in at 4:29 a.m. and upon arrival, firefighters found a large, old-fashioned bank barn fully engulfed in flames.

"Those are always a loser from the start, it's really hard to extinguish it and have anything left to save, so it's a matter of protecting anything that's close by and in this case, that's a fuel tank and an outbuilding close by that we had to protect as well as extinguishing the main fire," Henry said. "There was small livestock - chickens, ducks, rabbits and then a couple of farm implements, I believe a loader and a tractor that would have been destroyed.

"Extinguishing it was difficult, in fact, getting there was difficult with heavy fog this morning and then the smoke was so heavy when I personally got to the scene, I could hardly find my way up to the barn and make contact with my lieutenant who was running the show up there,"

 Henry added. "At least it wasn't as cold as last week's fire but it also created fog because it's warm so it made it kind of treacherous getting there and operating as well and the smoke and this humidity, it banks down, so everybody ends up getting a lot of smoke and it's hard to see and operate."

Between 65 and 70 small animals perished in the fire.

The fire's origin is under investigation.

Mutual aid was provided by fire departments in Richland County from Shelby, Madison Township and Franklin Township, and from Crawford County, the Galion and Jefferson Township fire departments.

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