MILLERSBURG — Flames, fueled by wind, swept through and destroyed a duck barn and two other buildings at a farm near Millersburg Tuesday evening.
Firefighters from six different departments, led by Clinton Township, responded to the scene at Lamar Yoder’s property, 12925 C.R. 42, near C.R. 37, shortly after 6 p.m.
A mountain of smoke towered above the barn as firefighters flanked the scene from two ends.
Clinton Township Chief Dean Smith believed the fire quickly spread from a smaller building, to a second building and to the barn, carried by wind at the time.
“The way the wind direction was, it took no time for the fire to move,” Smith said.
Ervin Miller of Ligonier, who said he was Yoder’s uncle, said Yoder was burning some garbage on the property, but the flames grew out of control.
Smith couldn’t verify whether the fire started as a result of an outdoor burning since the investigation hadn’t started. He spoke while firefighters were still working to contain the flames.
With the fire’s size, Smith estimated crews could be at the scene until at least midnight.
Ducks in the barn were lost, but Smith said most other livestock at the scene were moved to safety. No people were injured in the fire.
Firefighters from the Middlebury, New Paris, Benton Township, Elkhart Township departments and Turkey Creek Fire Territory assisted Clinton Township at the scene.
A backhoe was eventually used to begin moving debris at the site of one of the smaller buildings during the operation.
Aimee Ambrose can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-533-2151, ext. 316.