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Fire destroys ‘old’ barn in Coal City

Structure along McArdle Road was still in use

Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 8:50 a.m. CDT

COAL CITY — A large fire destroyed a barn in Coal City late Monday afternoon.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

The Coal City FIre Protection District responded to a call at 5555 E. McArdle Road at 3:36 p.m. Monday. An “old barn” was fully involved upon arrival.

Coal City firefighters, assisted by area departments, were able to extinguish the fire by 4:05 p.m.

The barn was a total loss, according to Coal City Fire Chief James Sheldon.

There were no injuries and responders were able to keep the fire from spreading to a newer barn nearby and the house just north of the barn.

“The guys on the scene did a great job,” Sheldon said.

There were no fire hydrants in the area, Sheldon said, so he “pre-loaded” the scene. That means he called in extra districts.

Morris, Braidwood, Gardner, Braceville, Wilmington, Channahon and Manhattan fire departments assisted. Firefighters also contended with the afternoon heat, which was close to 90 degrees.

Sheldon said firefighters got extra water at the scene and had their health monitored to make sure they were not in danger.

None was injured.

The scene was cleared around 6 p.m., Sheldon said.

The barn was “old,” according to Sheldon, but still in use.

The root of the fire is unknown and being investigated by MABAS 15.

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