A lack of water forced several fire departments to spring into action after a barn went up in flames during Wednesday morning’s storm.
This happened near the corner of Telegraph and Eddie Road around 4:30am. A passerby noticed the fire.
“We were able to get most of the farm equipment out, with the help of the farmer, so that wasn’t destroyed,” said Win-Bur-Sew Fire District Chief Robert Martin. “However, the shop part of it, along with some farm equipment was destroyed.”
Firefighters were tasked with removing a large amount of hay to stop the fire from spreading and because of the remote location, there was another obstacle they had to overcome.
“Because of the size of the structure and there’s… no water up here, we called in a lot of different units from all over to bring the water up and to make shuttle runs with the water,” said Chief Martin.
The quick response from several departments was all thanks to a mutual aid box alarm system, which efficiently alerts fire crews from all over the area that help is needed.
“[It’s a] very good system, works very well,” said Chief Martin. “It makes the utilization of the resources much more efficient than how we used to do it years ago.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation.