September 25, 2003

Fire Destroys Barns At Dennis Howard Home

A pair of barns was destroyed in a fire at the Dennis Howard property on Lindell Blvd. on Wednesday, September 17. A motorist first reported the blaze at approximately 9:45 p.m.

A total of 19 firemen from the Memphis Fire Department responded to the call with five fire trucks.

Upon arrival at the scene the firemen found one small outbuilding already on the ground with a second much larger barn fully engulfed by flames. A third building located south of the main fire was also involved in the blaze.

The fire department secured the south building quickly putting out the fire there while two other hose teams went to work on the large barn to the north.

The firemen entered the building using air tanks and were able to bring the fire under control inside the barn. Unfortunately the fire had spread into the roof where firemen were hindered by the underlining materials. The construction materials prevented the department from being able to extinguish the blaze in the roof.

The contents of the building were removed with firemen working on controlling the fire until roughly midnight. At that point it was determined the building could not be saved. The last part of the roof collapsed at 1:30 a.m. and the portions of the fire department remained on the scene until 2:00 a.m.

According to Fire Chief Roger Gosney the cause of the fire could not be determined. He indicated there was no electricity in any of the buildings. The blaze apparently started in or near the smaller building and spread to the larger barn to the north before beginning to engulf the south barn.

The two buildings and their contents were total losses. The south barn sustained only minor damage and the contents were saved.

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