Centennial barn destroyed in fire in Greeley, Colorado
August 3, 2017
The Greeley Fire Department’s investigators are still searching for the cause of a fire that left a 100-year-old barn destroyed.
According to Greeley Fire Chief Dale Lyman, crews received a call 10 p.m. Aug. 3 concerning a structure fire in Greeley, Colo. As the firefighters made their way to the fire, Lyman said, they could see the blaze from miles away. When they arrived, he said, they found a barn engulfed in flame.
Crews battled the fire for about 90 minutes, Lyman estimated, before getting it under control. There were no injuries reported from the fire.
Altogether, 21 Greeley firefighters responded, with five engines, two trucks, two tenders, two mutual aid vehicles and two battalion chiefs, said Randy Sparkman, a spokesman for the department. There were no animals in the barn and it was not being used at the time, Sparkman added.
Other departments helped, Lyman said. The Eaton Fire Department provided water tankers and firefighters from Evans and Windsor were on standby, ready to help if calls came in from other parts of Greeley. Weld County Sheriff’s deputies helped direct traffic and also asked a nearby family to leave their home so they would not be injured.
Lyman applauded the crews’ efforts, saying they did an excellent job of keeping the fire from spreading to homes and a field nearby.
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Still, Sparkman said, the barn was destroyed in the inferno. He said the fire caused about $41,000 worth of damage.
“It was definitely a classic building,” he said.