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#1 GTTinkerer OFFLINE  

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 12:19 AM

Friday afternoon my son-in-law asked me to get the 1951 Oliver 77 out of the barn so we could use it to pull some jack-pine stumps on Sunday. I went out around 3:30 and filled the radiator with new antifreeze since I drained out the three year old stuff a couple of weeks ago when we put it in storage. I jumped the battery since it is a little weak and put it in the garage and put the battery charger on it.

At about 9:00 this evening my daughter called screaming that the barn was on fire. My wife and I jumped in the truck and drove the five miles to their house to find the barn already caved in and fully engulfed along with one of the smaller buildings and another small building with the siding burning.

The barn was a 60' X 60' 1930's post and beam built that was still in pretty good condition and had a 40' X 60' basement.

The only things lost other than the barn and one of the two buildings was a Honda push mower, some horse tack and about 800 board feet of rough sawn soft maple. Luckily they had sold their pony and miniature donkey awhile back.

If the wind had been blowing out of the west instead of coming from the south it could have taken their house and the garage where seven garden tractors and riding mowers are stored along with the Oliver/Cletrac dozer and Oliver 77.

The fire chief is apparently going to write the cause of the fire as "unknown origin".

Bill

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 12:24 AM

That sucks Bill, insurance cover it?

What you think happened?

Also, glad everyone is safe at least.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 12:45 AM

Sorry to hear of it.

The rest can be replaced or rebuilt, thank God everyone is OK.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 05:09 AM

I am sorry to hear of this bad news,Bill.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:03 AM

Sorry to hear of the barn loss. Glad it didn't spread any further. Hope they can figure out what happened.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:21 AM

That's a shame Bill. Hopefully they have insurance and will be able to replace the loss. If you hadn't taken the Oliver out it would have been lost as well.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:33 AM

Sorry to hear about the fire . But glad no one was hurt , it sounds like it could have been very bad , Al

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:40 AM

:ditto:
That stinks but it sounds like it very well could have been worse.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 07:45 AM

Going out this morning to get some photos and see how it looks in the daylight. The guy across the road came over last night during the and told my SIL that he could borrow his loader backhoe to clean up the mess. Probably just push everything in the basement and get the local fire department to do a controlled burn. One of the fire department guys wants to scrap out the tin from the roof to donate the money to the fire department.

Worst part about it was how badly shaken my daughter and nine year old granddaughter were. The four year old grandson is into anything that has wheels and his comment after the excitement wore off was simply "Its only a barn.". He surely would have been upset if his four-wheeler and Sears GT had been in there.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 08:29 AM

Sorry about the fire Bill, pretty scary stuff. Glad no one was hurt, and no livestock was in the barn.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 08:33 AM

Glad to hear that nobody was hurt.Barn fires arn't fun.My grandparents had a dairy barn burn down w/cattle and full of equipment.What a mess.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 08:36 AM

Sorry to hear about the Fire

At least no one was hurt...

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 09:29 AM

Sorry to here the news of the fire. Hopefully they had insurance so it can be replaced.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 09:36 AM

Never had a barn or any building burn myself, but I know how it feels. I sure hope they had insurance????
I had over 5,000 bales of straw covered in an open stack that lightning struck & ignited. Had to watch all but 50 bales burn all night. No insurance as we just finished the stack & were planning to call for insurance the next day.

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Posted November 27, 2011 - 09:37 AM

To rebuild the barn would probably be at least $150,000 and it was not insured for near that much. He has not talked about what he wants to do but I figure a pole barn will be the only option.

I went out and took a hundred or so photos and here are a few:

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The beams laying on top are from the post and beam skeleton. Amazing how much tin was on the building.

Bill

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