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Barn destroyed in Pa.

June 28, 2005|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Six alpacas escaped from a Monday fire that caused an estimated $75,000 damage to a small barn in Greene Township, according to the owner and a Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Co. report.

The fire at the barn and storage building, owned by Dr. Jeffrey and Mary Jane Landon of 1143 Ragged Edge Road, was called in at 5:52 p.m., according to the report. It was engulfed in flames when the first units arrived, the report stated.

"They watched the fire for about half an hour before they went back to grazing," said Jeffrey Landon. The alpacas often stay under an overhanging porch roof of the two-story barn and were able to get away without having to be rescued, he said.

No animals or firefighters were injured in the blaze, according to the report.

Landon said his wife discovered the fire in the barn, which was built about six months ago. A truck inside the barn, hay and other equipment was destroyed, he said.

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"It's just tough to think about all the things you have to do over again," he said of the loss. Many neighbors came out to offer the family assistance, he said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal, according to the fire company report.

Fayetteville firefighters were assisted by units from the Franklin, New Franklin and West End fire companies and tankers from the Marion and Vigilant Hose companies. Fayetteville and Chambersburg Fire Department ambulances also responded to the scene, along with the Franklin County Air Unit.

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