Fire damages Paint Twp. barn, several departments respond

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Fire damaged a barn at noon Monday along S Mt. Eaton Road.

DGKN staff report

PAINT TWP.  Fire departments from Wayne and Stark counties responded to a two-alarm barn fire at noon Monday at 6772 S Mount Eaton Road, about a mile north of Mount Eaton.

The cause of the fire appeared to be accidental, said Todd Lendon, chief of the Paint Township Mt. Eaton Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

Crews were on the scene for nearly four hours. State route 94 was shut down for about an hour during the incident. Besides about 10 personnel from Paint Township Mt. Eaton, Lendon said he would like to thank Kidron Volunteer Fire Department, East Wayne Fire District, Wooster Township – which provided a Rapid Intervention Team, Apple Creek East Union Fire Department, and Brewster and Wilmot fire departments.

The large building was approximately 40 by 60 feet and served as a barn and a shop for the homeowner in the Amish community. It had a kitchenette and served as buggy storage.  Ceiling rafters came down during the fire and an excavator tore down the remaining building because it was unsafe to leave it in its condition. The basement and foundation may be able to be utilized again if they wish to rebuild, Lendon said.

About a month ago, Paint Township Mt. Eaton Fire Department was at a neighboring property when a fire was called in from Uncle Danny’s Meats.

Area emergency and fire crews have been busy this week. Lendon would like to remind people about the burn ban in effect. He said area departments have kept busy putting out grass fires and “it’s very taxing on daytime staff.”

Ohio law states that most outdoor debris burning is prohibited in unincorporated areas from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April, and May.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, burning is limited in the spring becaue of the abundance of dry grass, weeds and leaves on the ground and winds can make a seemingly safe fire burn out of control.

 

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