EAST ROCHESTER - A barn owned by Andy Barrick and his wife of 8538 Lowmiller Road went up in flames a little after 5 p.m. Wednesday. Fire Chief Aaron Stoller of the Sandy Creek Joint Fire District said the barn most likely caught fire because of lightning. The family just had the barn looked at over the Fourth of July weekend because they were going to redo it, so the electricity was shut off at the time of the fire.
The barn has been in Barrick's family since the 1880s when his great-great-grandfather bought the farm. Barrick was unsure if the barn was built before the purchase or not. The back half of the barn was built during the Great Depression and was made from local hardwoods that went the entire length of the barn, which is rare to find, he said. The barn was destroyed. Barrick said he remembered always playing inside it when he was growing up. The heat from the fire melted the siding on a newer adjacent barn. Multiple fire departments responded to get it under control including Minerva, Washington Township, North Georgetown, Hanover Township, West/Paris Township, along with Maple Cotton ambulance, and the fire was under control by early evening. No injuries were reported and the barn had mostly hay and no big equipment inside.
Firefighters from five departments battled a blaze at the Barrick farm on Lowmiller Road in West Township.