Passerby alerts homeowner, 9-1-1 of barn fire

By Heather Meade hmeade@civitasmedia.com

March 24, 2014

GREENVILLE - Area fire departments responded to a barn fire Monday afternoon at 663 Greenville-Nashville Road. A passerby called 9-1-1 and stopped to alert the owner of the home, said Chief Mark Loy, Liberty Township Fire Department.

The homeowner attempted to put the fire out with a garden hose, but by that time it was too far gone, Loy noted.

“By the time the first engine arrived there was heavy smoke coming from the barn,” Loy stated. “By the time we pulled our lines and began our initial attack, the fire had vented through the roof. It had a good start, and then it got up into the mow, where they store the hay, which made it difficult to get a handle on it.”

Liberty Township FD called for additional tankers and received response from several area fire departments including Greenville Township, New Madison Community Volunteer, Union City, Ohio, and Hollansburg Fire Departments, as well as Tri-Village Rescue. Loy said that efforts were successful in saving a horse trailer and an adjacent barn. The horses were out to pasture at the time of the fire.

The fire is still under investigation, Loy said.