Fire destroys barn in Theresa (VIDEO)

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jul 20, 2016 in Rat News | Subscribe


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THERESA — The heat from the barn fire at 36243 Schell Road was enough to melt the siding of a nearby house, scorch a camper and leave an impact on the truck of Donald M. Strawn.

“You couldn’t get close,” Mr. Strawn said. “It was that hot.”

Multiple fire crews were called to the barn about 8 p.m.

“I looked out my window and it was on fire,” said Dawn P. Strawn.

The cause of the fire at the two-story barn, built in the 1870s, was under investigation. No people were injured, and some goats were moved away from the barn by people first responding.

“They’re a little singed, but they’re all right,” said Jefferson County Deputy Fire Coordinator George A. Turner. A couple of pet rats in the barn were killed, Mr. Strawn said. The Strawns have owned the home 16 years.

Mr. Turner said crews had to also deal with a large grass fire, which could have spread widely if it had not been attacked early.

Fire crews from Theresa, Philadelphia, Evans Mills, Pamelia, Plessis and Redwood responded, along with Indian River Ambulance Service and state police. Video is at

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