Pole barn, farm equipment destroyed in Maple Valley Township fire


Posted by Cory Smith • Last Updated 7:59 am on Wednesday, May 29 2013

Maple Valley Township resident Brian Miller, left, stands with a neighbor Tuesday afternoon as he watches firefighters extinguish a fire that destroyed his father’s pole barn and contents inside. — Daily News/Cory Smith

 

MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP — A pole barn and items inside, including several tractors and equipment, were destroyed Tuesday afternoon after the barn was consumed and destroyed by fire.

Firefighters from the Maple Valley Township and Lakeview District fire departments were dispatched at 2:35 p.m. to 13606 W. McBride road where they discovered a fully involved barn fire just south of Cowden Lake.

“When we got here it was a defensive fire, everything was fully engulfed,” Maple Valley Township Fire Chief Dan Kain said. “The roof was already gone and some of the walls were gone so we automatically went to a defensive attack.”

Kain said there was no chance at saving the 30-by-40 foot pole barn or any of the items inside.

A firefighter sprays water to extinguish flames Tuesday afternoon while battling a pole barn fire in Maple Valley Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

According to Kain, the cause of the fire is under investigation, though Kain said it is does not seem suspicious in nature.

Maple Valley Township resident Brian Miller was home at the time looking for a screwdriver when he noticed a cloud of dust or smoke passing in front of the house.

“I have no idea what started the barn on fire,” Miller said. “I thought I just saw dust from the farmers doing some plowing, but then I checked it out and found that the barn was on fire.”

Miller then grabbed a garden house and attempted to put out the fire, however, the fire was too hot and too large to battle alone.

“It was nothing but flames,” he said. “I was able to move a tractor out of there, but everything else is gone.”

Firefighters work together to spray water to extinguish flames Tuesday afternoon while battling a pole barn fire in Maple Valley Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Miller said several other tractors and much of his father’s equipment was in the barn.

The barn and equipment were owned by Miller’s father, Gerald Miller, who is vacationing in Arizona.

Kain said he believes the barn and items inside were insured, but was not certain.

No one was injured.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services assisted on scene.

 

 

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