Fire destroys Frederick County barn Union Bridge helps battle blaze NORTHWEST--Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

March 23, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Engines from the Union Bridge fire company assisted Frederick County Sunday night at a three-alarm blaze that destroyed a two-story bank barn loaded with hay in the 8700 block of Rocky Ridge Road west of Detour.

The fire consumed about 2,000 small bales of hay, about 125 large rolls of hay, an air compressor and an undetermined amount of lumber for construction, according to Robert Sexton, son of the owner of the beef cattle farm.

The blaze was discovered by family members about 8 p.m. Several family members tried to fight the blaze, but were hampered by a frozen garden hose.

"We could see the entire outline of the burning barn when we pulled out of the firehouse and we are over two miles away," said Brad Weddle, chief of the Graceham fire company.

He said the barn was fully involved when the first units arrived and he called for additional equipment.

About 100 firefighters using 17 pieces of equipment battled the blaze before they were able to bring it under control at 11 p.m., Chief Weddle said.

Equipment from Graceham, Rocky Ridge, Thurmont, Woodsboro and Emmitsburg was dispatched to the blaze on the first alarm. Additional fire units from Lewistown, New Midway, Walkersville, Union Bridge and Libertytown provided extra manpower.

Several tank trucks shuttled water from hydrants in Thurmont, about four miles away, to the fire scene.

Some water was available from a small stream one-half mile from the blaze.

Chief Weddle said the last engines remained at the scene until 4:15 a.m. to prevent any flare-up.

No one was injured, and the 40 cattle were in a field and not endangered by the blaze, Mr. Sexton said.

The state fire marshal's office was investigating the blaze, which caused about $60,000 damage.

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