One took place near Clifford, the other in Georgina
By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
Firefighters in Ontario were busy Sunday as two separate barns went up in flames.
One fire broke out at a barn on a Mennonite farm located on Highway 9, near Clifford in Wellington County.
According to reports, officials closed Highway 9 between Hurton Bruce Road and West Heritage St., near the Redwood Café.
The farm’s laneway wasn’t plowed, forcing fire crews to park on the street.
Highway 9 remained closed for several hours before reopening Sunday evening.
Another fire ripped through a barn used to store construction equipment off of Highway 48 in Georgina, in the Regional Municipality of York.
According to CTV Barrie, black smoke and flames were seen around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Emergency crews at a barn fire in Georgina.
Photo: Steve Mansbridge/CTV Barrie
Officials said part of the roof collapsoed during the fire.
The Ontario Fire Marshal and York Regional Police are helping Georgina firefighters with their investigation.
It’s unclear whether the Georgina fire is suspicious. The estimated damage of both fires is unknown.
Farms.com reached out to Minto Fire and the Georgina fire department for investigation updates.
The fires come just 10 days after a blaze tore through a barn in Haldimand County.
Barn fires in Ontario appeared to be a common occurrence throughout 2016.
Farms.com has provided coverage of more than 20 barn fires.
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