On Thursday, May 10, members of the Pawling Fire Department were dispatched to the scene of a barn fire at 33 Game Farm Road. The PFD also received reports that there were still horses inside the barn at the time. More than twenty members from all three Pawling Fire Stations responded, and officials were pleased to report that while the barn was unable to be saved, there was no loss of life.
The call came in at 9:05 p.m., and members of the PFD were on site shortly after. Prior to the department's arrival, residents were able to lead the horses from the barn and out of danger. Upon arrival, firefighters found the 30’ x 50’ metal barn fully engulfed in flames. Three engines and three tankers responded to the scene and established a water draft at a quarter mile from the site of the blaze. Members of the PFD quickly extinguished the fire and then began an extensive overhaul process.
The barn fire at 33 Game Farm Road is unique in that responding firefighters had to tackle the blaze differently from a fire in a standard wooden barn. “With the metal siding and girders that supported it, it’s not like a regular barn fire where the wood burns away and you put the hay out,” explained PFD Chief Everett White. “With this fire, we had the supports fall down and drag the metal roof and siding with it.” Responders would ultimately have to use a backhoe to aid in pulling apart the structure to completely extinguish the blaze.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Based on preliminary findings, officials believe the blaze was started by a lightning strike to the structure or the surrounding area of the barn.
Pawling Fire Department officials reported that no animals were harmed in the fire. They also praised the efforts of all of the members who responded. “As usual, our guys responded en masse,” said Chief White. “All three stations contributed, and everyone worked hand in hand.”