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30 firefighters battle W.Va. fire

January 22, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire Sunday morning destroyed a two-story barn off Cattail Road in Jefferson County, W.Va., according to a fire official.

The owner of the barn discovered the fire when he went to the building and smelled smoke, Lt. Donnie Lanham of Independent Fire Co. said.

"By the time he called us, it was going pretty good," Lanham said.

When firefighters arrived, the building was engulfed in flames and the roof was starting to collapse, Lanham said. The barn, estimated to be about 80 feet by 40 feet, was being used to keep hay and horses, and the owner was able to get the horses safely out, Lanham said.

The barn at 310 Fleetwood Lane was owned by Tom Newcomer, Lanham said.

Firefighters were notified of the blaze about 7:21 a.m. and it was under control by about 9 a.m., Lanham said. Damage was estimated at $135,000.

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Several pieces of equipment next to the barn were burned, including a camping trailer, an all-terrain vehicle, a horse trailer and a propane gas tank, Lanham said.

It is unclear what started the fire, and an investigation is continuing, Lanham said.

About 30 firefighters from Independent, Citizens, Blue Ridge and Friendship fire companies responded, Lanham said.

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