An early morning fire Wednesday destroyed a full-size bank barn in Rapho Township, causing $425,000. in damage.
A passerby reported the blaze at 1681 Hossler Road near Breneman Road at 4 a.m., Mastersonville Fire Chief Jeff Siegrist said.
Seeing the large fire from a distance, Siegrist called for a second alarm to bring in more firefighters and fire trucks. Flames burned through the roof of the 80-by-100-foot storage barn before firefighters arrived.
“We were too late to be saving any of that, so we focused our energy on saving nearby buildings,” Siegrist said.
Intense heat scorched the side of one of those buildings, but firefighters prevented serious damage to them.
About 60 firefighters from 13 area companies fought the blaze, he said. They used tankers to haul water from a nearby pond and brought the fire under control at 5:45 a.m.
No one was injured, Siegrist said. No animals were inside the burned barn. Some equipment was in the barn, including a skid loader, but the barn was mostly empty.
Randall and Jodie Brubaker own the farm, according to county property records. Siegrist said they don’t live there, but an employee does.
Damage was estimated at $400,000 to the building and $25,000 to its contents, he said. A state police fire marshal investigated, but could not determine what caused the fire.
“I don’t know if we ever will know,” Siegrist said.