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Fire destroys Pa. barn

August 29, 2002|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

Fire destroyed a barn and its contents on Anthony Highway south of Waynesboro in Washington Township, Pa., Wednesday evening, fire officials said.

"Everything is completely destroyed," Waynesboro Fire Chief Dale Fishack said.

The fire broke out at around 8:30 p.m. in the barn on the property at 14287 Anthony Highway, fire officials.

Fishack said damage to the barn owned by the Petre family, who live in Waynesboro, was estimated at $40,000. That did not include the value of the machinery inside.

The contents of the barn included freshly cut hay, a grain drill, a grain elevator and two hay wagons, he said.

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All the animals were out of the barn, Fishack said, and no injuries were reported.

The fire was accidental, according to Waynesboro Fire Marshal Jerry Hartman.

The property owner was at the fire scene and told firefighters to let the barn burn after it became apparent there was nothing left to save, said Assistant Smithsburg Fire Chief Chuck Baker, whose company was called to the fire.

Jody Sanders, deputy chief of the Waynesboro department, said firefighters initially agreed to let the barn burn itself out.

But he said they realized they couldn't do that because there is a burning ban in effect in Franklin County.

Firefighters were still fighting the blaze with water at around 11 p.m.

Sanders said the barn was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene.

In addition to Waynesboro and Smithsburg, fire company crews on the scene came from Mont Alto, Blue Ridge Summit, New Franklin and Greencastle in Pennsylvania and from Leitersburg, Long Meadow and Maugansville.

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