TOWN OF HAMPDEN— A large fire completely destroyed a barn at the farm owned by James Schwoerer in rural Columbus on Saturday morning. The Columbus Fire Department and nine other agencies assisted in putting out a large barn fire at W2633 Highway 60.
The fire department was dispatched to the property at 9:15 a.m. according to Columbus Fire Department Public Information Officer Jerrod Fox. The west lanes of Highway 60 were closed for over three hours while firefighters battled the huge fire.
No people or animals were injured in the fire, however the barn and its contents including a tractor, tools and a vehicle were determined to be a total loss. Fox said, “We were lucky. We were all at the fire station cleaning up for the Fourth of July so we had a great response. We were very lucky to all be at the fire station when the call came in.”
Fox said that the fire department was able to save all the buildings and vehicles north of the barn from the fire. The home located on the property and a number of vehicles parked outside were also saved.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Fox said that 38,000 gallons of water were used to battle the fire. “It was a big fire and there were lots of buildings to save and lots of stuff to put out,” Fox explained.
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