Barn a total loss in Thursday morning fire

Thursday, June 13, 2019
A tractor sits among remains from a fire that consumed a large barn early Thursday morning.
Banner Graphic/BRAND SELVIA

A large barn is a total loss following an early morning fire that engulfed the whole structure.

At 2:05 a.m. Thursday, the Greencastle Fire Department was dispatched to 2947 E. CR 275 South, which is south of Big Walnut Sports Park.

According to GFD Assistant Fire Chief Rob Frank, both the Greencastle Police Department and Putnam County Sheriff’s Department were on the scene shortly before Engine 1 arrived at 2:16 a.m. Operation Life was also present during the incident.

Frank further said the barn was fully involved by the time GFD arrived.

Tankers from each fire department in Putnam County were mobilized to the scene shortly after GFD’s Engine 2 arrived on the property at 2:26 a.m.

Frank said the fire was considered under control at 6:12 a.m. Overhaul and salvage were also performed, with backhoes being used to move twisted tin and debris so that firefighters could put out the flames.

Tankers from the Danville, Mill Creek and Liberty Township fire departments in Hendricks County were also called. The Roachdale Volunteer Fire Department covered for GFD during the fire.

The Greencastle Fire Department terminated command at 8:44 a.m., and was returning to station at about that time.

The barn was owned by Lee and Linda Pingleton. They reportedly had been in the process of remodeling it for the past two years.

Due to the extent of the destruction, a cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Frank estimated damages at $500,000 for the structure itself and $200,000 for any contents lost in the blaze.

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