Wednesday morning N. Cole St. blaze destroys barn

LIMA — Firefighters from more than a half-dozen departments battled a Lima-area barn fire Wednesday morning that left 35 head of cattle and five dogs dead.

Crews from the American Township Fire Department were dispatched around 7:15 a.m. to a residence on 5150 N. Cole St. in reference to a structure fire. Firefighters arrived to find the a large barn fully engulfed by fire. The blaze reportedly could be seen from miles away.

“It looked like the sun was coming up, but not where it was supposed to be,” said a fire department spokesman.

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Another nearby barn on the property owned by Craig Troyer contained more cattle but suffered only external damage. All the livestock in the second barn were uninjured.

The primary structure was destroyed by the fire while the other barn suffered an estimated $5,000 in damage. The origin of the fire is unknown at this time and the incident remains under investigation, according to the fire department spokesman.

Mutual aid was provided by firefighters from departments in Lima, Beaverdam-Richland, Cairo-Monroe, Kalida, Delphos, Columbus Grove and Bath Township.