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Barn destroyed by fire

November 08, 1998|By DON AINES

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - A backfiring tractor ignited a fire Sunday morning that destroyed a Fulton County barn and its contents, according to an officer with the Needmore (Pa.) Volunteer Fire Co.

The fire at the farm of Samuel Souders off Pa. 655 in Thompson Township, Pa., was called in at 10:30 a.m., according to Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Tom Ramsey. He said the backfire caused the tractor's gas tank to catch fire, which spread to the rest of the wooden barn.

"He lost everything in the barn," Ramsey said. That included four tractors, two antique cars, tools, other farm machinery and about 30 large round bales of hay.

Ramsey said there was no dollar estimate of damage Sunday afternoon.

One firefighter was struck by falling debris and was treated for a neck injury at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, Pa., and released, Ramsey said.

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Needmore firefighters were assisted by units from Hancock, Clear Spring and Orleans, Md., Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and McConnellsburg, Pa., according to Ramsey.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 3 p.m., Ramsey said.

Souders could not be reached Sunday. The farm is about seven miles south of Neemore, according to Ramsey.

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