Fire destroys barn during the night

BURNED TO THE GROUND – A fire discovered around 1:40 a.m. Thursday, March 21, destroyed a 50’ x 60’ barn on Newberg Road. Owner David Gingerich said he was awakened by one of his children after the family dogs began barking at the dangerous fire behind the house. After calling 911, he felt the extreme radiant heat 50 yards away as he went out his back door to investigate. The barn was storage for a farm tractor, buggy, carpenter and hand tools, along with various tanks of gas. Built of wood with asphalt shingles, Gingerich knew the fire had lots of fuel. As Lewis County Firemen arrived, Gingerich said he could see their knowledge, training and experience at work as they battled to try to savage anything possible. The barn was completely gone in just a couple of hours he said, but a lean-to with a common wall was saved. It housed a community milking operation.

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