JACKSON TWP. — A barn and attached building were destroyed in a fire on Lanam Ridge Road on Nov. 4 after volunteer firefighters spent hours battling the blaze.
Jackson Township, Brown County (Nashville), Fruitdale and Hamblen Township volunteer fire departments all responded to the fire first reported a little after 10 p.m.
Firefighters were assisted at the scene by deputies with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department, a conservation officer with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Ambulance 231.
The initial report of the fire came from a caller who told dispatch they could see flames from Helmsburg Road.
Emergency responders arrived about 20 minutes after the fire was reported, Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Glenn Elmore said.
The fire had been burning for about 45 minutes before they arrived, he said.
Owners of the barn were at home and were unaware of the fire. It was extinguished around 2 a.m.
The barn housed lawn equipment, a pickup truck, a tractor and a boat. No animals were in the barn.
Elmore said the cause of the fire is stil under investigation, but noted it could have been electrical.
At about 5 a.m. on Nov. 5, volunteer firefighters from Hamblen, Nashville, Cordry-Sweetwater and Fruitdale volunteer fire departments were back at the scene to put out a rekindle.
On Nov. 6, firefighters from Cordry-Sweetwater, Hamblen, Nashville and Southern Brown were called to a fire on Nelson Ridge Road just before 12:30 p.m.
According to the dispatch log, firefighters were on scene until 5 p.m. Ambulance 230 and deputies also responded.
Information on any damage and the cause of that fire was not available by press deadline.