Clark County Fire & Rescue responds to fully involved barn fire in Duluth

CCFR is currently trying to identify a passer-by whose actions saved the lives of several animals

Thanks to the swift actions of a passer-by, a number of animals were able to escape a fully involved barn fire Monday morning in Duluth.

A firefighter is shown here performing a reconnaissance trip around the structure. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & Rescue
A firefighter is shown here performing a reconnaissance trip around the structure. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & Rescue

Clark County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) crews were dispatched at 6:56 a.m. Monday (Aug. 31) to a report of a barn on fire at 2015 NE 209 Street in the Duluth area. CCFR Engine 26 from the Dollar’s Corner station arrived at 7:02 a.m. to find a two-story barn/shop fully involved in fire. Due to the large volume of fire, crews made the initial fire attack from outside of the structure.

The barn had living quarters on the second floor, but no one was in the structure at the time of the fire. People had stayed in the living area over the weekend, but had left Sunday.

Firefighters are shown here flowing water from the outside to control the fire. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & Rescue
Firefighters are shown here flowing water from the outside to control the fire. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire & Rescue

Several farm animals were kept on the ground floor of the barn. A passer-by rammed the barn door to allow the animals to escape. Several prized miniature stallions were freed from the burning barn and placed into a corral by the passer-by. Two goats were in pens in the barn and perished in the fire. 

CCFR is currently trying to identify the passer-by to thank him for his actions that saved the lives of several animals.

Due to the lack of fire hydrants in the immediate area, water tenders were used to shuttle water to the scene from over a quarter mile away.

The fully involved barn is shown here as firefighters prepare to apply water. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Fowler
The fully involved barn is shown here as firefighters prepare to apply water. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Fowler

The fire is under investigation by the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, with assistance from CCFR crews.

CCFR was assisted on this fire by units from Clark County Fire District 6, Clark County Fire District 3, and the Vancouver Fire Department.

Information provided by Clark County Fire & Rescue.

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