Fire departments battle blaze west of Ann Arbor
Courtesy of Molly Walters
- Updated story: Barn fire west of Ann Arbor kills more than 300 animals, including horse, steer, rabbits and chicks
Multiple fire departments were responding to a fire that destroyed a centennial barn west of Ann Arbor on Wednesday morning.
Danny Shaw | AnnArbor.com
The fire was reported around 11 a.m. Chelsea, Dexter, Scio and Manchester fire departments remained on scene at 12:20 p.m., and firefighters were waiting for the smoke to clear to assess the damage.
There are six out buildings located on the property and at least two of them were damaged, Chief James Payeur of the Chelsea fire department said. A family of five lived in the home, which was scorched in the back, close to the barn.
"Thank God we were at home and not work, because we would most definitely have been in there," Welshans said.
The barn recently had electrical upgrades. There was no indication of the cause of the fire. Despite initial reports, no hay was stored in the barn. Firefighters said at least one propane tank exploded during the fire, likely in the back of the barn, where a number of tanks were stored.
Scio Church is closed between Parker and just before Steinbach.
No one was injured in the blaze.
This story will be updated as more information is available.