Three-alarm blaze destroys barn

LEWISTOWN – A three-alarm fire destroyed a barn in Granville on Saturday morning, according to the Mifflin County Communications Center.

According to the MCCC, at 10:49 a.m. a call came in about a barn fire at Fisher’s Horse and Tack Sales, 156 Middle Road, Granville.

Jim Carter, assistant chief of Granville Fire Co., said the fire was started by a skid loader.

“One of the property owners said they were using a skid loader (a small tractor) and it got too close to the hay,” he said.

The fire was escalated to a three-alarm fire and fire companies from Snyder, Juniata and Perry counties joined fire companies from Mifflin County at the scene.

Carter said a firefighter was taken to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion and the owners of the barn suffered minor injuries when they were trying to rescue animals from the barn. The owners were treated on scene by Fame EMS.

According to Carter, all the animals got out okay.

Carter said crews fought the fire for approximately four to five hours.

The barn is a total loss, Carter said.

According to MCCC, Fame EMS, McVeytown EMS, Fayette Township EMS, West Granville Fire Co., Junction Fire Co., Granville Fire Co., Brooklyn Fire Co, United Fire Co., City Hook and Ladder, Highland Park Hose Co., Decatur Fire Co., Yeagertown Fire Co., Reedsville Fire Co., Milroy Fire Co., Belleville Fire Co., Allensville Fire Co., McVeytown Fire Co., Newton Hamilton Fire Co., Centre Hall Fire Co., Undines Fire Co., Alpha Fire Co., Boalsburg Fire Co., Smithfield Fire Co., Mount Union Fire Co., Trough Creek Valley Fire Co., Mill Creek Fire Co., Three Springs Fire Co., Onieda Township Fire Co., Mifflintown Fire Co., Mifflin Fire Co., Beale Township Fire Co., Delaware Township Fire Co., McClure Fire Co., Beaver Springs Fire Co. and two departments from Perry County responded to the scene.