Morning fire destroys La Center barn

Two nearby houses damaged

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Updated: August 20, 2012, 9:30 PM

 

Fire destroyed a La Center barn and damaged two nearby houses early Monday morning, officials said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 39400 N.E. 80th Ave. around 6:17 a.m., said Capt. Cheryl Vincent with Clark County Fire District 10.

Ten firefighters, two engines, two water tenders and a squad responded to the blaze, where the barn was engulfed in flames.

The 24-by-36-foot barn was a total loss, Vincent said, along with the home- owners’ large tool collection that was stored inside it. Two goats and a donkey escaped the barn before it burned, she said. A Clark County fire marshal estimated the damage was about $20,000. The fire caused heat damage to an older house that was about six feet away from the barn and another house on the property.

It took a while to extinguish because of all the hay in the barn, officials said. At these kinds of rural properties, there are no hydrants nearby and crews have to bring in water.

Firefighters left the scene around 10:12 a.m.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The home is owned by Marilyn and Ronald Dagestad, according to county property records.