The Times West Virginian

March 6, 2013

Fire destroys barn in Pleasant Valley

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

PLEASANT VALLEY — Firefighters responded Tuesday to a fire on Tulip Lane in Pleasant Valley that left a barn and garage a mere shell of its former self.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. Joe Kinty, who lives on the property, said he was driving his “missus to work” when he saw the smoke coming up from the building.

“A Massey Ferguson (tractor) caught fire in the barn,” Kinty said. “By the time I got in there ... it was too late to do anything.

“That hay caught fire and up it went.”

He went to try to fight it with the garden hose, but the hose was frozen.

“The fire extinguisher wasn’t big enough to do anything,” Kinty said.

Valley Volunteer Fire Department deputy chief David Shields said “there was a lot of black smoke rolling from the scene (and) heavy flames.” He said there’s not a great water supply in terms of hydrants “up on top of the hill” where the fire was, so they ran a hose down the hill and called in additional water tankers to support them.

The horses in the barn managed to get out with no injuries, and Kinty managed to get a second tractor out of the garage before the flames overtook it. Nothing else was saved.

Anna Marie Durham, the property owner, said she called 911 after she saw the smoke.

“It blew out the windows ... and just spread,” she said.

The garage housed some industrial tools, like a welding torch and acetylene tanks. Shields said they were normal hazards that the firefighters are used to dealing with.


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