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Barn destroyed in massive fire, fuel reportedly inside building

Posted at 4:50 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-01 23:14:09-05

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich — Multiple crews responded to the scene of a fire in Algoma Township.

The calls came in around 3:30 p.m. about a barn burning off Algoma Avenue. When crews arrived, the flames were fully involved.

No injuries are reported and no animals were inside the structure. However, there are reports that fuel was inside the building.

The barn burned for roughly 2 hours. More than six area departments responded to help put out the fire. The Algoma Township Fire Chief says this area that caught fire is a difficult one, because the road isn't near any fire hydrants.

“Our dry hydrants stop just down the street, so that is a challenge for us getting water," Algoma Fire Chief Troy Guerra said.

Firefighters shuttled water to the scene.

Another challenge in fighting the fire was the materials the barn is built out of.

“Tin roof, so it was essentially a box of fire,” Guerra said.

Sharon Poole and her husband Richard used to own the barn and the home near it. She came to see the fire with her own two eyes .

“I couldn’t believe it, because it’s just unreal,” Sharon Poole said.

According to Sharon, the barn is more than 100 years old. The smaller red building that was also burned was once a one room school house.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.