Fire destroys Loudon Twp. barn

A firefighter was injured and a barn was destroyed in a Loudon Township fire Sunday afternoon.

Personnel from Bascom and NBS joint fire districts, Kansas and Washington Township fire departments and North Central Electric Cooperative responded to the scene of the fire at 9454 W. CR 18. Also, two Bascom ambulances were summoned, and Bettsville Volunteer Fire Department was on standby at Bascom’s station.

The fire was reported around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

A Bascom Joint Fire District firefighter was taken to Mercy Tiffin Hospital by Bascom EMS with non-life-threatening heat-related injuries, Chief Harry Miller said.

Miller said the cause of the fire was under investigation Sunday, and he did not know whether it was suspicious. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is to be at the scene Tuesday due to today being a holiday, he said.

The chief said a teenage resident was home at the time of the fire. The boy looked out his bedroom window, saw the fire and called 911, he said.

Miller said firefighters could see the smoke once they got outside of Bascom. The barn was fully aflame when they arrived, he said. He estimated it took 45 minutes to an hour to fight and an hour to an hour and a half to get it under control.

“(They are) just soaking down hot spots,” he said about 5:30 p.m.

Miller did not have a damage estimate Sunday.

He said the barn and equipment inside, including a tractor, riding lawn mower, tools and a compressor, all were destroyed. Also, trim and vinyl siding on a nearby garage were damaged.

A cornfield on the east side of the barn caught fire. The area that caught fire measured less than an acre.

Firefighters were called back to the fire scene for a rekindle Sunday evening.

The property is owned by Waylon H. McCartney of New Philadelphia, according to the Seneca County Auditor’s Office website. Miller said the residents are living there under a land contract.