Press Release: Pole Barn Fire

PRESS RELEASE, for immediate release

Pole barn fire on Brown City Rd in Imlay Twp, Lapeer County

At approximately 4:38 PM on 19 April, Lapeer County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from a homeowner reporting a pole barn fire in the 500 block of Brown City Rd in Imlay Twp. The caller reported seeing flames in the window of their pole barn and that there were fuels in the barn and a propane gas tank in the yard between the caller’s residence and the fire. Central Dispatch sent Imlay City and Goodland Twp fire depts. to the address for the fire. While responding, Fire Lt Charles Boadway could see heavy dark smoke from Graham Rd and requested Almont FD for water tankers / tenders.

Assistant Fire Chief Rick Horton arrived on scene within five (5) minutes of being dispatched and reported a fully involved barn fire with several exposures (nearby property or buildings) and a large propane tank nearby. Fire fighters arrived and two (2) crews began suppression attack on the main fire while one crew was used to cool the propane tank and another crew was tasked to save a small soft sided shed filled with snowmobiles. At one point, the roof collapsed and fire fighters had to shoot water under the roof to get to the seat of the fire. Water shuttle operations was immediately started to bring more water to the fire for suppression efforts. The FD used the new hydrants on Graham Rd for water supply.

“Mid-afternoon on a week day is one of those times when there is usually a lack of fire fighters available. The day shift workers aren’t home yet and those that work an afternoon shift have already left for work. With suppression operations, exposures and a water shuttle going on, we flat ran out of trained fire fighters and called in Mussey Twp (Capac) for manpower. We ended up having nearly 30 fire fighters on scene.” – Fire Chief Kip Reaves

The fire was controlled after a 90 minute battle and the fire was contained to the structure and contents. An adjacent pop up camper, several nearby snowmobiles and the propane tank were unaffected by the fire. Salvage and overhaul operations were conducted to extinguish any hot spots and remove any unburned property.

The barn was a total loss. Most all of the tools, paints, car parts, mowers and power machinery inside was damaged by the fire. Fire damage is estimated to be over $40,000.

The initial investigation by fire officers points to an accidental fire. The homeowner has contacted their insurance agent.

LC- EMS stood by on scene from beginning to end, there were no injuries.

Authority – Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves, 21 April 2012

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