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Fire destroys Springfield Twp. barn

Fire investigators are still working to learn the cause of a blaze that destroyed a barn on Leffel Lane on Thursday morning.

When firefighters arrived on scene in the 2000 block of Leffel Lane, they said the barn was already fully engulfed. A passerby spotted the flames and called 911 as well as warned the homeowner, said Battalion Chief Dave Nangle with the Springfield Twp. fire department.

“The wind did play a little bit of a factor in the actual (extinguishing) of the fire,” Nangle said. “We were pretty fortunate we had a hydrant (nearby) and (were) able to get water on the fire fairly quickly.”

The roadway was shutdown for several hours while crews doused the fire.

The owner indicated he rehabs houses, and his equipment was inside the barn along with some ATVs. Chickens also kept in there were fortunately out in a field when flames erupted, crews said. There was damage on an exterior corner of the barn that may indicate the blaze started outside the structure, but that’s still under investigation, Nangle said.

No damage estimates were available but the barn was described as a “total loss.”

A backhoe from Springfield Twp. was brought in to tear-down what remained of the structure since it was unstable, Nangle said.

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