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The Times
  • Barn in Fairfield destroyed by fire

  • Firefighters are still investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a barn in the town of Fairfield early Tuesday morning.

    Middleville Fire Chief Roger Hensley said during a telephone interview the department received a call at around midnight about a barn fire at 1067 Hardscrabble Rd.

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  • Firefighters are still investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a barn in the town of Fairfield early Tuesday morning.
    Middleville Fire Chief Roger Hensley said during a telephone interview the department received a call at around midnight about a barn fire at 1067 Hardscrabble Rd.
    He said the blaze was fully-involved upon arrival.
    Hensley said a difficulty in fighting the blaze was the 12,000 to 14,000 bales of hay stored inside the barn, which fueled the fire.
    The chief said it was “a good size barn,” but did not know for sure the exact size of it.
    According to media reports, the barn was three-stories high and about 125 years old.
    The barn was owned by the Murphy family. Several men standing nearby the house on the same property watched as the smoke continued to rise from the remains Tuesday morning. One man — presumably the owner of the barn and property — declined to be interviewed for a story.
    Hensley said the fire was under control at about 3:30 a.m.
    A stone foundation was still in place around the perimeter of where the barn once stood, and many of the bales of hay laid singed on top of the remains. Some calf domes were upside down outside of where the debris laid smoldering and twisted steel also could be seen.
    No one was injured in the fire, however, it could not be determined if any cattle were inside the barn at the time of the fire, and if any had perished in the blaze.
    Some reports said fire crews helped rescue some of the animals that may have been inside.
    While firefighters currently do not have a cause, it is being labeled as “non-suspicious,” said Hensley.
    Responding to the scene of the fire were the East Herkimer, Mohawk, Newport, Poland and Salisbury fire departments. The Schuyler Fire Department was on stand-by for Middleville and Dolgeville was on stand-by for Salisbury. Dolgeville fire remained on stand-by until they were released at 6:36 a.m., according to Dolgeville Volunteer Fire Department Information Officer Roger Cromer.
    Another barn fire on Hardscrabble Road about four weeks ago was ruled accidental.

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