DISASTER

Shed at Antrim orchard destroyed by fire

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A farm shed at an Antrim Township orchard was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning.

The blaze in the building at Tracey’s Orchard, 12483 Hollowell Church Road, was called in to emergency personnel at 2:25 a.m. Rescue Hose Co. Fire Chief Kevin Barnes said the fire was upgraded as the first emergency units arrived because of the proximity of a barn to the shed on the property.

“Our focus was the exposure with the barn,” Barnes said.

“Fortunately we were able to stop any extension of the fire to the barn.”

The first fire units on the scene found the shed well involved with heavy fire showing.

About 25 firefighters from six fire companies were on the scene of the blaze for two and a half hours, according to the RHC chief. In addition to Rescue Hose Co., units battling the fire were from Waynesboro, Marion, Long Meadow, Leitersburg and Maugansville

Barnes said the shed was a total loss. The shed contained three of four pieces of equipment, he said. Any remnants of the building and the equipment were cleared by 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

There were no injuries to firefighters, according to Barnes.

Barnes said he had no idea of the cause of the fire that has been reported to the Pennsylvania State Police.