UPDATE: Milford Fire Chief Brian Haines reports no chickens were lost in the blaze. The barn did contain a tractor, skid loader, several gravity wagons and a semitractor/trailer. While the cause is undetermined, it is believed the fire was accidental. Damage has been estimated near $100,000
MILFORD — Around 7 a.m. today Tuesday, Feb. 28, Milford Fire Department was called to a barn fire at 4552 W. 1000N, Milford. A neighbor saw smoke from one of the buildings on the property and called 911.
A 2,560 square foot metal barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Milford Fire Department called for a full assist from Plain Township Fire Department, with tanker assists from Atwood, Etna Green, Nappanee, New Paris and Syracuse.
While there were no cattle in the barn, officials at the scene said there are two chicken houses on the north side of the building. The barn mainly contained farm equipment. It is unknown if the chickens survived at this time.
The property is owned by Lee and Sandy Beer. No occupants were at the residence.
Firefighters are still at the scene and the cause has yet to be determined.