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Barn fire causes estimated $200,000 damage

Updated: Jan 16

A barn fire at an Amherst Pointe property caused roughly $200,000 damage, according to the Amherstburg Fire Department.

All three stations were called to the fire, which was in a smaller barn structure behind a home in the 1400 block of Front Road South last Thursday morning. A smaller barn, which housed chickens, was completely destroyed while another barn on the site sustained some damage.

A third barn on the property was saved, added Amherstburg deputy fire chief Dan Monk.

“(The property owner) has to replace some siding,” Monk said on the second structure.

Monk said it is suspected that a heat lamp to keep the chickens warm while in the small barn toppled over and caused the fire. It is not clear what caused the heat lamp to fall over.

There were about 20 chickens in the small barn, Monk estimated.

The structure that was destroyed also housed a machine shop and a motorcycle, the deputy fire chief added.

There were no injuries, Monk stated.

The call came in at approximately 6:40 a.m. with snow showers hitting the area as fire crews worked to extinguish the blaze.

“Due to the time of day, we had to call all three station so we had enough manpower,” said Monk.

Amherstburg firefighters were on scene for approximately four hours, Monk added.

By Ron Giofu

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