(Photos Courtesy of Madison-Jefferson Fire Department Assistant Chief Daniel Parker)
(Photos Courtesy of Madison-Jefferson Fire Department Assistant Chief Daniel Parker)
A large barn in Hamilton Township in southern Jackson County was destroyed in a mid-afternoon fire on Tuesday, Nov. 16. According to Hamilton Township Fire Chief Dusty Meldick, the department was paged at 2 p.m. to respond to a barn fire on Charlie Parks Road, just off McCoy Road. Initial information indicated that a controlled fire made by people working on the property had accidentally spread to and ignited a nearby barn. Meldick immediately requested and received mutual aid from the Madison-Jefferson and South Webster fire departments. The fire involved a large two-story barn on property which for many years was known as the Charlie Parks farm. The farm recently changed ownership, but the name or name of the new owner was not immediately known. Chief Meldick declared the old barn a total loss (top photo) but noted there were no contents in the barn. Firefighters were challenged in fighting the fire as only small engines could cross a small bridge leading to the property. Consequently, firefighters had to run hoses over a lengthy distance (lower photo) from larger tanker trucks parked on the other side of the bridge. Madison-Jefferson Fire Department Assistant Chief Daniel Parker estimated that hose had to be spread over a 1,000-foot distance in order to be in position to be used to fight the fire.