Fire destroys Clearview Township barn
Firefighters survey the scene at an early morning barn fire off County Road 124, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Morgan Ian Adams/Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin
CLEARVIEW Twp. — Five cows died in a fire that destroyed a barn off County Road 124, Thursday morning.
Clearview's fire chief Colin Shewell said the call came in just before 6 a.m., after a passerby notified the homeowner his barn was on fire.
Shewell said fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire; he noted the barn couldn't be saved, though crews were able to bring the fire under control within a couple of hours.
The fire is not considered suspicious.
County Road 124 between the 27/28 Sideroad and Local Airport Road was closed to traffic for several hours. An OPP cruiser was also clobbered by a dump truck at the road closure at the 27/28 Sideroad while the officer was setting out flares; the officer was unhurt.
The OPP have not yet indicated whether charges will be laid.
Along with Clearview fire crews, fire departments from Collingwood, Springwater, Adjala-Tosorontio, Mulmer-Melancthon, and Essa also assisted, providing water tankers that ran water from the nearest hydrant south of Collingwood at Georgian Bowl to the scene.
Springwater and Town of The Blue Mountains firefighters also remained on standby for coverage of any additional emergency coverage.
Shewell said paramedics were also on the scene, but there were no injuries; the chief did note, however, the concern was more for how the cold weather would have affected firefighters.