HENRIETTA TWP. — A pole barn containing farm machinery and some animals was destroyed by flames Wednesday in a blaze on Gifford Road, South Amherst Fire Department said.
No people were injured and several horses were rescued from the barn, but a number of steers perished in the fire, South Amherst Fire Chief Al Schmitz said.
The initial call came in just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Schmitz said, for a fire at 11171 Gifford Road. After nearly five hours at the scene, firefighters were just packing up their gear to leave as of 10:15 p.m., Schmitz said.
“We had to end up getting a machine in there and tearing it apart after the pole barn fell in on itself. It was difficult to get in there and tear it apart,” he said.
Water also had to be shuttled to the scene because there were no hydrants in the area, Schmitz said.
Though he had not yet had time to “crunch the numbers” on a damage estimate, Schmitz said some tractors, skid loaders, tools, hay and straw were among the property lost in the blaze.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but there is “a very strong possibility” it was accidental, Schmitz said.
Assisting South Amherst at the scene were firefighters from the Florence Township and Camden Township fire departments and the Amherst Fire Department. Elyria Township firefighters manned the South Amherst station while South Amherst firefighters were on scene, Schmitz said.
Lorain County sheriff’s deputies kept Gifford Road closed to traffic between Telegraph Road and Garfield Road during the incident.