A massive blaze razed a Berwick Township barn just outside of Hanover Saturday afternoon.
The two-alarm fire broke out on the 200 block of Hershey Heights Road in Berwick Township around 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, according to Adams County 911 records.
According to United Hook & Ladder Lieutenant Ken Gabor, no one was injured.
The owners were on the scene when the fire occurred and were able to get all of the animals out of the barn before the firefighters arrived.
Gabor estimated the barn was about 90 by 90 feet and had a significant amount of hay in it.
The radiant heat was so intense from the flames that crews worked to extinguish bales of hay in nearby fields that burst into flames, Gabor said. The chief focus of the operation was controlling exposures, Gabor explained, as the barn was a total loss on arrival.
While the area had no hydrants, Gabor said crews were able to get a good supply of water from the first-arriving and second-alarm units, allowing firefighters to make a good hit on the blaze despite the lack of hydrants.
Crews set up rehabilitation in one of the barns on the property, with bottles of water and a portable tent.
Gabor said that crews will be working for an extended period of time so that they can ensure they fully extinguish the fire. “We don’t want to have to come back,” Gabor said.
In order to fully douse the flames, the owners of the barn brought in two excavators to dig out the fire, with a third excavator on the way to assist.
The cause of the fire was unclear at the time due to significant damage and huge flames.
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