GOSHEN — Several township firefighters are at Martin's Animal Bedding on C.R. 36 trying to extinguish a stubborn blaze that is in a large pile of bedding.
Eight departments are at work at the Martin Animal Bedding business fire. The fire has destroyed a barn and machinery.
Harrison Township Chief Ryan Rheinheimer said firefighters were called at 6:40 a.m. to a barn fire and he immediately called for assistance from other departments. They found the barn was engulfed in fire. It contained the grinding operation for Martin Animal Bedding. Martin's grinds the wood that goes into animal bedding.
No one was working at the time, the chief said, adding workers had not used the grinding machine since 1:30 Monday afternoon. A fire investigator will be called in later today after the debris has been dealt with.
Firefighters are pouring water on the hot debris and keeping the pile of sawdust wet. They have also brought in bulldozers, a large backhoe and a small backhoe to move the debris so they can extinguish the remnants of the fire.
The site of the fire is close to three other outbuildings -- two large barns and a quonset hut.
There were at least eight departments on scene assisting, including Harrison, Foraker, Wakarusa, Concord, Clinton, Benton, Jefferson and New Paris/Jackson Township.