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Back to the barn

September 24, 2012
By KATIE SCHWENDEMAN - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

GREENFORD - Almost exactly 12 hours after it first caught fire, a barn on Green Beaver Road caught fire again early Sunday.

Green Township Fire Chief Todd Baird said the call came in around at 5:42 a.m. that the barn had reignited. Firefighters spent roughly six hours the night before battling the blaze that started around 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

It took firefighters from the township and Leetonia department another two hours on Sunday to get the fire back under control, and Baird said that in all, about 180,000 gallons of water were used.

He also said the 62- by 60-foot barn owned by Paul B. Daniels at 14350 Green Beaver Road was not a "typical farm barn" and had a tremendous amount of what he called "fire load" stored inside.

Daniels used the barn as a permanent storage building and workshop and it housed a bulldozer, three motorcycles and a car, Baird said.

Other flammables, including a large amount of wood, were also stored inside, he added.

The state fire marshal's office has been called to investigate the fire due to the extent of the damage. A cause has not been determined.

Baird said that when the township, along with Columbiana, Leetonia, Beaver Township and Damascus firefighters responded to the first call heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the back corner of the building.

A wind and hail storm that moved in shortly after only hampered their efforts, he said.

On both calls, firefighters were able to use water from a lake on the property to put out the fire. The barn was a "substantial loss," Baird said.

Perry Township firefighters were on standby for the first call, which was reported by Daniels, who is the former owner of Bernard-Daniels Lumber in Canfield.



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