For nearly three hours before it was extinguished Sunday morning, firefighters battled a massive blaze that destroyed a Prairie Road barn.
At approximately 8:13 a.m., the Bloomingburg Fire Department received a report of a barn fire at 4712 Prairie Road near Bloomingburg. When three trucks and 11 firefighters arrived shortly after the call, the 30×60 pole barn had collapsed, according to Bloomingburg Fire Chief Ron Huff.
A truck and seven firefighters from the Washington C.H. Fire Department also responded to the scene for mutual aid.
“There were no injuries and there was no one close to the barn when it collapsed. It had been burning a long time before someone saw it,” said Huff. “We did have one firefighter who became overheated, but he’s fine.”
The cause of the fire is still undetermined and under investigation, but Huff said there are no suspicious circumstances related to the fire.
During the fire, 1,000 small straw bales and 73 larger hay bales were destroyed, according to Huff. The barn was located on the property of Richard Davidson, reports said.