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Fire destroys industrial garage in Buffalo

Eight fire departments were called to the metal barn to fight the blaze in the unseasonably warm weather

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By Mike Jones
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Claysville firefighters work to control a blaze that destroyed an industrial garage on Route 40 in Buffalo Township Sunday afternoon. Order a Print
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Firefighters faced unseasonably warm temperatures and gusting winds Sunday afternoon as they battled a blaze that destroyed a large industrial garage in Buffalo Township. Image description

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Two firefighters talk while crews work to control the blaze at an industrial garage on Route 40 in Buffalo Township Sunday. At right, firefighters take a break after battling the fire in unseasonably warm weather Sunday afternoon. Order a Print
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The metal barn filled with construction equipment was engulfed in flames about 2:15 p.m. Sunday, prompting a response from eight departments to fight the ferocious fire, Claysville fire Chief David Hilderbrand said. Image description

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Two firefighters take a break after battling the fire in unseasonably warm weather Sunday afternoon. Order a Print
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It took crews about an hour to control the blaze and they continued to douse hotspots that periodically rekindled the fire. All that remained after was twisted metal and a concrete skeleton near the front of the metal barn. Firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to a nearby structure even with gusting winds fueling the fire.


Michels Pipeline rented the property at 4340 National Pike for about three years and used it to store construction equipment and materials. Danny Vincent, a construction manager for Michels at its South Franklin headquarters, said the company kept mostly construction equipment and materials inside the structure, but could not estimate the financial loss.


He said they made several vandalism reports at the property in recent weeks and filed multiple complaints to local authorities about teenagers playing inside the barn.


Hilderbrand said it was too early to determine the cause of the fire and the state police fire marshal was on scene investigating.


Crews from Taylorstown, West Alexander, North Franklin, South Franklin, Canton and West Finley assisted Claysville at the scene. Washington firefighters brought their ladder truck to douse the blaze from above.


Hilderbrand said the large response was because of the difficulty in fighting the large fire in unusually warm temperatures that reached the mid-80s. No injuries were reported.


“We just called them in for extra manpower because of the heat,” Hilderbrand said. “All in all, everyone’s feeling pretty good.”


The fire rekindled shortly before 7 p.m. and emergency responders returned to the scene to douse hotspots.


Washington County property records show the property was owned by Thomas S. Antion. He could not immediately be reached comment on the fire. Nearby residents said Walker’s Truck & Equipment Repairs used the property about 10 years ago.


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