Fire destroys pole barn

September 7, 2017

By John Raffel

Marion’s fire department covered a pole barn fire recently in Clare County’s Winterfield Township.

Assistant fire chief Chris Peterson said the building was a total loss from the fire on Aug. 26.

“People were using it as a summer place,” he said.

There were no injuries, Peterson added. The department responded around 4 p.m.

Fire departments also assisting were from Harrison, Clare and Union Township.

Peterson recently returned from Montana after serving a two-week stint with the United States Forest Service in combatting a forest fire. He said he left with the fire still taking place.

Peterson had no other activity to report from the department.

“Fortunately it’s been quiet all week and we like it that way,” he said.

Currently, the grass fire threat is low.

“We’ll get into it again after we get some frost and the grass starts to brown again,” he said. “For right now, we’re OK,” he said.

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