Fire destroys Ferdinand-area barn

From Local Sources

FERDINAND — Units of the Ferdinand Volunteer Fire Department responded to a barn fire west of the community Friday afternoon.

The 12:02 p.m. report of a structure fire sent the department to Blue Meadow Farms, 879 E. 1100S where a 30-by-60 barn was engulfed and already collapsed on itself, according to Fire Chief John Hoppenjans.

Hoppenjans said the owner had parked a tractor paired with a feed grinder in the barn and had gone inside the house for lunch. The cause of the fire was undetermined but, when discovered, it was concentrated around the equipment.

The St. Henry and St. Anthony fire departments were called for tanker assistance and a Sitzman Construction trackhoe came to tear apart the remaining structure and the hay stored in the barn.

Hoppenjans said the tractor and the feed grinder were a total loss. One cow also perished in the fire.

The lost tractor and grinder had an estimated value of $35,000 and the barn was valued at $10,000.

Eight trucks and 27 firefighters were on the scene two and a half hours.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Ferdinand Police Department, Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services also assisted.

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