Major Fire Destroys Barn

By Stephanie Parkinson

June 14, 2012 Updated Jun 14, 2012 at 5:39 PM EDT

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A major fire in Steuben County destroys a barn and everything inside it. The Hornbrook Farm is near the state line in Steuben County so getting water to the rural location was a challenge.

"We had to tank all of our water in. We estimated about 300,000 gallons of water was tanked in from 2 different fill sites," said TR Hagerty, PIO, Angola Fire Department.

The owners of the farm told Indiana's NewsCenter the barn was filled with round hay bails. They started to pull the hay out of the barn before the entire building just went up in flames Wednesday.

Hagerty says the hay makes the fire more intense and not having a water supply just adds to it. But he says they are used to these types of fires.

"It happens quite frequently, where in the rural area we have barn fires full of hay and we have to tank in water, there's no other option," said Hagerty.

Angola's Fire Department responded first. They were then joined by a dozen other departments from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

"We had tankers coming from a distance so it took a while. You just take things slow, get things set up, and then go to work," said Hagerty.

Thursday there are still some areas smoldering. Hagerty says that's normal and they can't do much more but wait.

One man was taken to the hospital. There is no word on his condition. His son, who works at the farm with his father, told Indiana's NewsCenter they believe he suffered a heart attack.

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