“Stubborn” barn fire gives firefighters challenge

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MILFORD: Steel siding and roofing on a barn in Milford gave fire crews a challenge in battling the blaze on Monday afternoon, Jan. 21; however seven chickens were rescued.

At 12:59 p.m., firefighters from Milford, Shubenacadie, Lantz, Elmsdale, Nine Mile River, Enfield , and Station 40 Dutch Settlement were paged for a working structure fire at a property on Valley View Road, a dirt road.

Shubenacadie Fire Chief Kevin Jodrey, who was Incident Command, said there was about 25 firefighters on scene at the call, which was on a dead-end street off Hunter Road.

Kevin Jodrey, the Fire Chief with Shubenacadie Fire, was Incident Commander at the Milford barn fire on Jan. 21. Here he keeps an eye on the barn and firefighters hard at work. (Healey photo)

“The first truck on scene arrived to a fully involved barn fire with heavy smoke and flames burning through the roof,” said Jodrey.

He said firefighters went to a defensive attack because of the fire conditions of the building.

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Jodrey said weather was not an issue, but manpower at the start of the call due it being during the daytime was until mutual aid departments began arriving.

Seven chickens that were in the basement of the barn were reported as doing fine upon the completion of the call, said Jodrey.

He said the fire was one that was stubborn.

“The barn was an older barn built with real timber and had been covered with steel siding and roofing which caused several issues with fire suppression tactics,” he said.

“It was a stubborn fire.”

Jodrey said the last trucks to leave the scene did so at 5 p.m.

The cause of the fire was determined to be an accident.

MAIN PHOTO: Elmsdale firefighter Liam Noble is situated at the top of the ladder and sprays water on the fire creating a lot of smoke as it billows out of the barn, which was destroyed in the fire. (Healey photo)

Elmsdale firefighters Emily Robinson and Robert Morrison mask up to head in to the fire and switch out with another two firefighters to battle it. Also seen is Nine Mile River firefighter David Daborn as he checks to make sure Morrison is done up properly. (Healey photo)
Firefighters spray water on the hot barn. (Healey photo)