Investigators respond to three Wellington County barn fires Thursday morning
The fire marshal’s office will investigate the incidents
By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
The Wellington County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and firefighters from Erin responded to three separate barn fires, about 10 to 15 kilometres apart, early Thursday morning.
Emergency crews received the first call at 5:53 a.m., notifying them that a barn on Sideroad 27 in Erin was on fire.
“Fire crews are currently on scene and the building is fully engulfed,” according to an OPP release issued some time Thursday morning.
Minutes later, at 6:00 a.m., OPP were notified that a barn in Guelph-Eramosa Township, on Sideroad 15, was on fire.
The fire also caused damage to a home on the property, according to the OPP release.
Firefighters extinguished the house fire and are were working on the barn blaze.
And almost an hour later, at 6:52 a.m., emergency crews discovered a barn fire on Third Line in Guelph-Eramosa Township.
Due to how close the three fires are to one another, the fire marshal’s office has been called in to investigate.
“It’s almost like an ‘L’ shape, the three fires, where they’re located,” Wellington OPP Constable Marylou Schwindt told CBC today. She added that an investigation is trying to determine if the incidents are connected.
There have been a number of farm-related fires in Wellington County this year.
They include a barn fire in Guelph-Eramosa on Feb. 3, a hay bale fire in Erin on Feb. 15 and a barn fire east of Morriston on April 7.
Farms.com will provide more updates on the barn fires as they become available.
Anyone with information on the incidents are asked to contact Wellington County OPPor Crime Stoppers.