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Fire guts barn near Blenheim

By Craig Hendry

An early morning structure fire north of Blenheim gutted a barn Sunday.

Fire ripped through a barn on Communication Rd. North of Blenheim early Sunday morning.

At 12:43 a.m. Chatham-Kent Fire Service, Station 18 in Blenheim was called out to a structure fire at 20447 Communication Road. It was reported that flames were visible, and the barn was fully involved. The Station Chief for the Blenheim station requested a 2nd alarm before the fire trucks headed out to the fire. This brought in additional fire trucks and firefighters from the Harwich North fire station 12.

Upon arriving on scene it was confirmed that the barn was indeed engulfed in flames. Blenheim’s water tanker set up a portable water tank dumping its on board tank of water into it, and starting what is known as a shuttle run for water from the nearest hydrant. Portable water tanks, and shuttle runs are used when there aren’t any fire hydrants near by; in order to maintain an adequate water supply on scene.

Blenheim and Harwich North’s pumper trucks were uses to attack the blaze with hand held hose lines, while Harwich North’s water tanker was also put to use shuttling water to the scene.

There was speculation that the barn housed live stock, but can not be confirmed at this time.

The blaze is now darkened down, and firefighters will remain on scene for several hours putting out hot spots to prevent the fire from rekindling.

The cause of the blaze, and damage estimates are not yet available.

There were no injuries reported at this time.