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Firefighters extinguish barn fire in West Lowville

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LOWVILLE — Firefighters last Wednesday morning were able to extinguish a barn fire in West Lowville.

“They got the fire contained,” Lowville Fire Chief Timothy N. Bush said.

Lowville firefighters at about 8:30 a.m. responded to the report of a fire in a barn at the Calvin Roes farm, 7996 Route 12, and firefighters from Martinsburg, Copenhagen, Castorland and New Bremen were called in for mutual aid.

Some hay had to be removed from the structure, across the road from the farm’s primary barn, before the fire could be completely extinguished.

The blaze caused some damage to the floor of the second-story hay mow and the upper wall on one end of the barn, according to a release from Lewis County Fire Coordinator James M. Martin.

One firefighter at the scene had an asthma attack and was taken by Lewis County Search and Rescue to Lewis County General Hospital for treatment, the release said.

The fire apparently started in the engine area of a gas-powered feed cart, which also sustained damage, then spread up into the hay mow, according to Mr. Martin.

Some equipment, including the feed cart, were pulled from the barn soon after firefighters arrived at the scene.

The structure was insured.

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