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Fire Destroys Barn; Threatens Home

barn fire on TuesNEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Rural Metro Fire Department responded to a large barn fire on the 3,000 block of Winona Rd, near Jump Off Joe Creek, Tuesday afternoon. The 4500 square foot barn was engulfed in flames upon arrival and was initially threatening a home about 20 feet away. Driving to the fire was a challenge for fire crews because of the icy road conditions, but crews immediately started putting water on the home to cool it down when they arrived on scene, and once the home was out of danger, they turned their attention towards the barn.

“Our main priority was the house,” said Lt. Mike Shaw, spokesperson for Rural/Metro. “It was so close to the barn and it was just minutes from catching fire.” Shaw said it could have been much worse if the barn was full of hay or other materials, but it did not end up having much inside it.┬áThere were no animals inside the barn and no one else was injured.

The lofted barn has an estimated value of $40,000 will probably be considered a total loss even though 60 percent of it is still standing, according to Rural/Metro. According to the property owners, they did have insurance on the barn.

There were 3 engines 3 tenders and 16 firefighters on scene from Rural/Metro, Grants Pass Fire Rescue and Rogue River Rural Fire. Applegate Fire also assisted with moving up a tender in case another fire broke out in the area. The cause of the fire is being considered undetermined, but most likely accidental, according to Rural/Metro. The property owners did have a contract with Rural/Metro Fire and will not receive a bill for the services provided.