Barn fire along U.S. 63 causes $50,000 in damages

Monday, February 18, 2013 | 2:54 p.m. CST; updated 3:46 p.m. CST, Monday, February 18, 2013

COLUMBIA — A barn fire early Monday morning along U.S. 63 caused an estimated damage of $50,000, said Boone County Fire Protection District Chief Gale Blomenkamp.

Several chickens died in the blaze, though some were saved. No other animals or people were in the building.

The fire at 21475 U.S. 63 was reported by a passerby on the highway at 4:31 a.m., and firefighters got there within seven minutes of the report.

Three engines were dispatched, along with four tankers, a squad car, a support vehicle and an air truck to the barn near Sturgeon, and it took about 30 minutes for the fire to be contained. The cause of the fire remains undetermined, and nothing at the scene suggests arson, Blomenkamp said.

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