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Barn on Claymont property destroyed in blaze

May 07, 2010

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A barn on the historic Claymont Court mansion property south of Charles Town was destroyed by fire Friday night, a spokesman for the Independent Fire Co. said Sunday.

Dispatchers were receiving calls about the fire from people in nearby subdivisions, but it was hard to determine the location of the blaze, Ed Smith said.

By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the barn, which measured about 40 feet by 40 feet, had collapsed, Smith said.

An old tractor and other small equipment were being stored in the barn, Smith said.

The cause of the fire, which was reported about 9 p.m., is unknown, Smith said.

The state fire marshal's office will handle the investigation into the blaze, but it will be hard to determine the cause because there is little left of the building, Smith said.

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The barn was about 300 yards from Claymont Court, a Huyett Road home built by in 1820 by Bushrod Corbin Washington, a grandnephew of George Washington.

Claymont Court is one of four homes in Jefferson County tied to George Washington's family.

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