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HEAVY DAMAGE IN BARN FIRE

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Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the barn fully engulfed in flames. (Contributed photo)
SoVaNow.com / July 12, 2017
The Clarksville Volunteer Fire Department spent nearly nine hours battling a blaze that destroyed a hay barn in Nelson early Monday morning.

Fire Chief Andy Elliott said a neighbor saw flames and called in the alarm around 1:40 a.m. Monday. The barn, located on Willards Mill Road, was primarily used to store hay. However,14 calves were also locked in the barn overnight.

Hearing the calves, the neighbor used an onsite tractor to break down the fence, allowing the animals to escape into the nearby fenced pasture. Elliott said the calves “made it out of the barn,” but he was unsure of their current condition.

By the time the fire departments arrived — Boydton, Virgilina and Midway fire departments were also contacted — the barn was fully engulfed.

Elliott said there was no way to determine the cause of the fire, but all 300 bales of hay stored inside as well as the barn were a total loss. The damage is estimated at $80,000.

The firefighters set up a water shuttle operation at Yancy Store Circle off Highway 49 as that was the nearest water site. Gregg Gordon of Aaron’s Creek Farm made his excavator available to the department to knock down the stacked hay bales, making it easier to douse the flames.





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