The bitterly cold temperatures posed an extra obstacle for firefighters in Marshall County on Monday as they battled a blaze in a 100 year-old barn.
Police and firefighters say they could see flames shooting out of building on Kenilworth and 19th Rd. just south of Argos, Indiana.
Fire department officials say when they arrived, half of the barn was already engulfed in flames and the garage of the Argos volunteer firefighter’s home was starting to catch fire. Crews quickly saved the garage, and kept the high winds from spreading the fire further to the house.
After putting out the garage flames and protecting the home, they focused their efforts on the barn when the roof fell in. Because of the below-zero wind chill and the large fire, Plymouth and Rochester fire departments were called in to assist.
According to Doug Middleton, Argos Assistant Fire Chief, the home belonged to one of the local volunteer fireman. He says the fireman lived there with his in-law’s home and has been in the family for three or four generations.
“It's always tough when you come to a volunteer’s house, someone you know. Close relative or whatever. And you have to work on your own stuff or work on the guy you share the ranks and stuff. It's tough, the guys from Plymouth the home owner here the guys from Rochester know him. One big family here so it's kind of tough, everybody absorbs a little of that,” Middleton said.
No animals were in the barn when the fire started, and no people were hurt in the blaze. Firefighters are looking at a wood burner as a potential cause.