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The Telegram
  • Eleven fire crews respond to Litchfield barn fire

  • Eleven fire crews responded to a barn fire at 105 Birdseye Rd. in the town of Litchfield early Monday morning.

    Fire departments responding to the scene were Cedarville, Richfield Springs, West Winfield, Bridgewater, Cassville, Schuyler Lake, Clayville, Sauquoit, Frankfort Hill, Mohawk and East Herkimer.

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  • Eleven fire crews responded to a barn fire at 105 Birdseye Rd. in the town of Litchfield early Monday morning.
    Fire departments responding to the scene were Cedarville, Richfield Springs, West Winfield, Bridgewater, Cassville, Schuyler Lake, Clayville, Sauquoit, Frankfort Hill, Mohawk and East Herkimer.
    Herkimer County 911 dispatchers said the call for the fire was received at 4:21 a.m.
    Fire crews arrived on scene minutes after receiving the call to find the barn fully engulfed in flames, said Cedarville Fire Chief Fred Sinclair.
    “The barn that caught fire was connected to another barn housing several cows, so we worked to contain the fire and kept it from spreading to the second barn,” said Sinclair.
    No one was hurt or injured during the fire.
    Crews were able to gain control of the fire around 6 a.m., but continued to put out hot spots and wet down hay throughout the day into late afternoon.
    Sinclair said he expected fire crews to remain on scene until about 5 p.m.
    Due to the extent of the damage Sinclair said determining the cause of the fire will be difficult.
    “The barn held farm equipment and hay, so it’s possible that the smoldering started in the hay from the use of machinery, but at this point were unsure of the cause,” he said.
    He added the barn did not have electricity ruling out the chances of an electrical fire.
    Nearby neighbor George Plungis said his son spotted the fire around 4 a.m. on his way to work.
    “He called me and told me the barn was on fire, so I got up to see the fire and saw that the fire department had already arrived,” Plugis said. “The fire crews did a really good job responding so quickly and it’s a good thing no one was hurt.”

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