By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
CLEAR SPRING - Firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania braved near zero-degree temperatures for about three hours Sunday morning to fight a blaze that ravaged a milking barn on a farm between Clear Spring and Maugansville, according to fire officials.
The 75-by-40-foot wood and block structure, located on the Lester Fiery property in the 15200 block of Fairview Road, was destroyed along with milking equipment and about 6,000 bales of hay and straw in the second-floor area, according to Deputy Chief Allen Ward of the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office.
Fiery's son, John Fiery Sr., discovered the fire at 6:54 a.m., Ward said.
Fiery was getting into his truck with some hired hands when he noticed flames coming out of the barn's roof, said his wife, Janis Fiery.