The barn is considered a total loss.
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Barnesville, Md (KM) An investigation is underway into the cause of a barn fire Tuesday morning in Barnesville in Montgomery County.
Just before12-midnight on Monday, units from Montgomery and Frederick Counties were dispatched to 21511 Peach Tree Road for a barn on fire. “They arrived on the scene with a large barn well involved in fire,” says Lt. Matte Trivett with Montgomery County Fire and Explosives Investigations.
He says there are no fire hydrants in the area, and water had to shuttled to the scene by tankers. “The fire did eventually spread to two adjacent structures on each side of the barn. This is a non-hydrated area so they established a water supply and shuttle operations,” say Lt. Trivett.
There were no animals in the barn at the time of the fire.
Incident Commander Jay Blake says barn has three structures. “An older barn had a lot of tools and equipment. And then a large barn with the metal roofing that’s more of an arena which stored a lot of large round bales of hay. And a third barn had a lot of tools and equipment,” he says.
Fire officials say the equipment was used for a chimney repair business.
“There were no injuries. We were able to protect the surrounding buildings and the fuel site that was on the property,” Blake continues.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Officials say damage could exceed $2-million, but they say the barn is a total loss.
By Kevin McManus