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Firefighters spray water on the heat-distorted metal and burning wood framing of this barn and equipment shed as flames can be seen exiting the roof. Fire crews spent about three hours one the scene.

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Shawnna Robinson, Daily Journal

A number of local fire departments responded to a barn fire at 1446 Highway U.S. 67 on Thursday afternoon.

According to Travis Deornellis, of the Wolf Creek Fire Department, it was Farmington Fire Chief Todd Mecey who was to the scene a couple minutes after it was dispatched around 2:40 p.m. Farmington Fire Department is one of the departments on call for mutual aid when a “first alarm” in the Wolf Creek department’s coverage area is sounded.

Deornellis said the barn was “50 percent involved” when the first crew arrived. Within a couple minutes the building was “fully involved”. Several pieces of farm equipment were stored in the main building or a lean-to off the side. It was mentioned at the scene by a bystander in the know that a portion of the building was heated with propane and there might be tanks in or near the building.

A second alarm, calling for additional manpower and water, was paged within minutes after the first call went out.

Departments from Doe Run, Bismarck, Park Hills, Leadington, Leadwood and Big River assisted with the fire.

Some firemen remained on the scene until 5:47 p.m. extinguishing hot spots.

Initially the cause of the fire was not determined. The barn was a total loss.

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