LIMA — A fire claimed a barn used as a vehicle repair shop, a garage, camper and at least three vehicles at Eberle Enterprises, LLC, at 1306 Glenn Ave. Tuesday night. No one was hurt.
“Everything that set around it (the barn) was a total loss,” said Perry Township Fire Department Captain Tim Potts.
The fire department was called at 10:58 p.m. Six fire and two EMS vehicles arrived at 11:05 p.m.
“The fire was already through the roof when we pulled up,” said Chief Rick Phillips.
The originating structure was a pole barn with metal sides, metal roof and wooden rafters, he said. The barn was used as a vehicle repair shop by property owner Timothy Eberle. Eberle reported to the department that he didn’t have insurance on the building.
The fire spread from the barn to a garage behind it. According to the the Allen County Auditor website, the garage was valued at $5,540. The fire also completely destroyed a camper sitting beside the barn and at least three vehicles inside the barn waiting for repairs, said Potts.
The auditor’s website and fire department could not provide details on the value of the barn, camper and vehicles. Phillips said the barn was in such ruin that it was impossible to sift through the rubble to get a total loss estimate Wednesday. The auditor’s website lists the total value of the Eberle property at $74,100.
Bath Township Fire Department helped fight the fire, Potts said. Perry Township used 22,000 gallons of water. The fire department was back in service at 2:42 a.m.