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Fire destroys barn in Pa.

October 31, 2000

Fire destroys barn in Pa.



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Fire destroyed a dairy farm outbuilding containing equipment and a car in St. Thomas Township, Pa., Tuesday evening, according to Richard Roche, chief operating officer for the St. Thomas Fire Co.

He said the fire at 2556 Coble Road started around 7:30 p.m. Firefighters from seven area companies in addition to St. Thomas went to the fire.

The outbuilding was a total loss, said Roche.

He said when firefighters arrived flames were shooting through the building.

"There was no chance of saving it when we got there," he said.

Roche said it took 50 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish the blaze and they were expected to remain at the scene until midnight in case the fire were to rekindle.

"We don't want to come back," he said.

The fire rekindled around 10:15 p.m.

"That's not uncommon with the struture as big as it was and the debris inside," said Roche.

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A front-end loader was taken in to clear some of the debris from inside the building.

The fire was detected by residents and was originally thought to be a house fire since the outbuilding is near the home.

Roche said the cause of the fire hadn't been determined but signs indicate that it was accidental.

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