Barn fire, Spring Creek, Whitney Run Road

Firefighters from multiple area fire departments responded to the scene of a barn that was fully engulfed in flames on Whitney Run Road at about 4:10 a.m. today. 

SPRING CREEK — Sirens could be heard throughout the Corry area early this morning as numerous fire departments rushed to the scene of a barn fire in Warren County shortly after 4 a.m. 

Firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 1770 Whitney Run Road in Spring Creek Township at approximately 4:10 a.m. today, according to a dispatcher in Erie County. 

Crews remained at the scene for several hours.

It was Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department's call but numerous fire companies responded to the barn fire, which was entirely engulfed in flames and primarily leveled to the ground when the first firefighters arrived. 

"It was fully involved, and much of the structure was on the ground when we arrived," said Donnie Rosie, second assistant chief of Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department. 

Due to the rural location of the structure fire, there wasn't a hydrant nearby to draw water from so crews utilized a pond. 

"We found a water supply at a nearby pond and we just worked with area crews to just kind of cool it down and get it under control; make sure that there weren't surrounding structures that caught on fire because there were some exposures," Rosie said. 

Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the barn and prevent it from spreading to surrounding structures. 

"It was localized just to that," Rosie said. 

There were no animals inside the barn when the blaze broke out. 

"We were told that there weren't any animals that were in the barn at the time," Rosie said. "It was an agricultural barn, but there was just equipment in the barn at the time."

EmergyCare Ambulance and Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance were both on scene but there were no injuries associated with the incident. 

The cause of the fire is unknown because of the extent of the damage to the barn, according to Rosie. 

"We don't deem it suspicious, but we'll still notify the fire marshal and see whether he wants to come out or not," he said. 

If the fire marshal doesn't visit the scene in an attempt to determine a cause, then it will be ruled undetermined. 

"It would just be undetermined. There was just too much gone to decide what it was," Rosie said. 

The barn is owned by James and Nancy Anderson and is located near the Dingfelder Cider Mill property.

Rosie said he believes the owners of the property noticed the fire and they called it in. 

Fire companies dispatched as mutual aid included Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department, Garland Volunteer Fire Department, Corry Fire Department, Corry Regional Fire Co., Elgin-Beaverdam Hose Co., Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Wrightsville Volunteer Fire Department.

"We really appreciate the area departments and volunteers that came out to help out," Rosie said. "We appreciate their help."

Spring Creek is grateful for all the volunteers who responded, especially when considering the time of day the fire occurred and the poor conditions of roadways at that time. 

Rosie said "the roads were treacherous."


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