Barn de­stroyed by fire

Blaze’s cause de­ter­mined to be ac­ci­den­tal in na­ture

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - INTELLIGENCER STAFF

Belleville fire­fight­ers re­sponded to sev­eral 911 calls Sun­day af­ter­noon in re­gards to a “fully in­volved barn fire” at the end of Craig Road in sight of the 401 high­way.

City fire­fight­ers were ini­tially called for tanker as­sis­tance for the Tyendinega Fire Depart­ment, al­ready on scene. The barn fire was found to be on the west side of Craig Road and a Belleville Fire Depart­ment call – Craig Road is the boundry road for Belleville and Tyendinega fire de­part­ments. Tyendinega con­tin­ued to ap­ply wa­ter to the barn un­til Belleville Fire was able to take con­trol of the fire – and at that time – in­ci­dent com­mand was trans­ferred to Sta­tion 3 Com­man­der Ken Baumhour. Tyendinega and Mo­hawk fire de­part­ments’ tankers re­mained on scene to shut­tle wa­ter to two por­ta­ble wa­ter tanks set up at the fire scene.

Af­ter ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in­ter­views with wit­nesses and per­sons at the scene – the cause of the fire has been listed as ac­ci­den­tal and orig­i­nated near the north side of the barn from im­proper dis­posal of wood stove ashes.

As of Mon­day morn­ing it was un­known if the barn and ap­prox­i­mately 100 bales of hay were in­sured. The dol­lar loss from the loss of hay and the struc­ture it­self is es­ti­mated at $ 50,000.

Three fire­fight­ers were in­jured dur­ing over­haul op­er­a­tions – two fire­fight­ers were as­sessed/ treated at the scene – an­other fire­fighter was taken by am­bu­lance for as­sess­ment and re­leased around mid­night.

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A barn on Craig Road was de­stroyed Sun­day af­ter a fire started af­ter the im­proper dis­posal of wood stove ashes. The es­ti­mated value of the struc­ture and ap­prox­i­mately 100 bales of hay in the barn is $ 50,000.

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