Fire engulfs old barn
MOUNT VERNON -- A fire destroyed an old wooden barn shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday at a farmstead south of Mount Vernon.
Steve Gerlach, a firefighter with the Mount Vernon Fire Department, said the plume of smoke rising from the barn could be seen from miles away, and the structure was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.
Steve Herrmann, the property owner, said the fire started when a controlled burn spread quickly through dry grass to the barn, which was then covered in flames within minutes.
Firefighters set up a perimeter to keep the fire from spreading to other nearby buildings, but could do little to save the barn itself, Gerlach said. The Mount Vernon Fire Department called the Ethan Fire Department for assistance, but the building was still deemed a total loss. No one was injured.
A semi tractor parked near the barn was also destroyed in the fire, but firefighters were successful in their attempts to keep the blaze from spreading. Herrmann said the flames from the barn came within about 40 feet of his machine shed, but it wasn't damaged.