Sandoval Fire Chief Chad Parson says the residents of Pope Road discovered the fire after the 40 by 80 foot pole barn was already fully engulfed in flames.
According to Parson, firefighters’ first priority was to try and stop the fire from spreading further, as it had already spread to a second nearby barn.
Parson says they were successful in limiting damage of the second barn to a hay loft and a melted skylight. Odin, Patoka and Centralia District firefighters provided mutual aide assistance.
In addition to destroying the one pole barn structure, a large amount of hay, a large RV and other farm equipment inside were lost. A tractor was used to pull apart some of the hay bales in an attempt to put out some of the fire inside the rolls.
While there was nothing indicating the fire was suspicious in nature, Parson asked a state deputy fire Marshal to examine the scene and try and determine the cause of the fire.
Sandoval firefighters also fought a shed fire Saturday, in the 200 block of Florida near Vine Street.
According to reports, a ten by 12 foot wooden shed was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 1:30 Saturday morning. The building and its contents were a total loss.
Parson has also notified the state fire marshal’s office of the shed fire due to its suspicious nature.