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Fire destroys barn at Rohrersville Road dairy farm

August 24, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Stacks of hay burn at the scene of a barn fire Wednesday afternoon on Rohrersville Road (Md. 67)
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

BROWNSVILLE — A hay barn on a dairy farm on Rohrersville Road (Md. 67) was destroyed by a fire Wednesday afternoon.

Nobody was injured, said Troy Lloyd, assistant fire chief for the First Hose Company of Boonsboro.

Myron Martin, owner of the farm, said he was on his way back from chopping hay 2 miles away when his wife, Janet, called to tell him about the fire.

“It was pretty much engulfed in flames when I got here,” he said.

The 75-by-50 foot barn was a total loss, according to Lloyd.

Martin, his wife, and five of their children live on the farm.

He was philosophical about the fire.

“No animals were in this barn, and nobody was hurt,” he said. “If any barn burned it should have been this one.”

Lloyd said that when firefighters arrived following the 1 p.m. report of the fire, the roof already had collapsed and the barn was still engulfed in flames. They let the barn continue to burn, at Martin's request.

“Everything was already gone,” Martin said. “Putting it out would have made it harder to clean up.”  

Two firetrucks from the Boonsboro company were on the scene as well as an ambulance from Boonsboro Emergency Medical Services. Two firetrucks from the Neersville (Va.) Fire and Rescue and a firetruck from the Brunswick Volunteer Fire Co. also had responded.

Kris Nieberlein from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived at 2:14 p.m.

All other engines except the two firetrucks from Boonsboro cleared the scene by 2:30 p.m. The barn was still burning when they left the scene.

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