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Darke County barn destroyed after catching on fire Sunday evening

Published: Sunday, November 17, 2019 @ 5:11 PM
Updated: Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 4:49 PM

Barn fire reported in Darke County

A barn on state Route 503 at Hursch Road was destroyed Sunday after it caught fire.

Crews responded around 5 p.m. to the blaze that temporarily closed state Route 503 between Hollansburg-Arcanum and Dull roads while firefighters worked for roughly three hours to contain the flames.

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A tractor and 40 bales of hay were damaged, but no one was injured.

Barn seriously damaged in fire

This is the third fire at a Darke County farm within two weeks.

“We have to move 150 to 250 gallons a minute of water to be effective on any fire and when trucks only haul a couple thousands of gallons, they go through that pretty quickly,” Arcanum Fire Chief Kurt Troutwine said.

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The fires have created more of what’s already been a difficult season for area farmers.

“That is their livelihood, that is how they make their money, that is how they live their lives,” Troutwine said.

Fire crews do not expect foul play in this barn fire, but the incident remains under investigation.