Sunday morning fire destroys Washington Twp. barn


A big fire destroyed a hay-filled Washington Township barn Sunday morning, drawing crews from all over the northern half of York County as well as units from Adams and Cumberland counties.

Emergency personnel responded to reports of a barn fire in the 400 block of Kralltown Road about 10:07 a.m. and found the barn completely on fire, according to Wellsvile Fire Chief Larry Anderson.

Anderson said he'd heard the fire was visible from the Lake Meade area in Adams County, a few miles away.

There were no fire hydrants nearby, so they had to call in units from all over the area, the chief said. They called in two "tanker task forces," which each consist of five tankers and an engine from nearby stations, to keep bringing water to the fire, he said.

The cause and manner remain undetermined, but the chief said they have no reason to think it's suspicious. There's no estimate to the monetary damage done to the barn, which Anderson said is owned by the head of Wagman Construction Inc.

No one was hurt, and all the animals that were on the big barn's bottom level - luckily on the other side of a new concrete floor from the flames - got out safely.

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