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Wind contributes to barn’s incineration in Ottawa County; animals killed

Posted at 8:15 PM, Feb 19, 2016

JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — An Ottawa County barn is a total loss after being burned to a ground Friday evening.

Ottawa County dispatch said the call came in around 7:10 p.m. in the 2700 block of Perry Street. Jamestown Township fire chief Duane Miedema said that when crews arrived, they found a single barn fully engulfed in flames, accelerated in part by intense winds.

Miedema said there were animals inside the barn that died, but couldn’t specify which kinds or how many. No people were hurt, and the fire was contained to the single barn.

Neighbors say that the barn owners weren’t home at the time of the fire.

Multiple crews responded to the fire, primarily helping to provide water as the area has no fire hydrants.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Crews stayed on the scene a while longer after putting out the fire to deal with possible hot spots.