Fire destroys barn, 4-H animals

Benjamin Logan High School FFA students Shyann Hefner and Joel Workman were just leaving school Friday afternoon, when they spotted a lot of smoke in the area.

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Firefighters from Bokescreek and Perry townships work Friday afternoon at the scene of a barn fire at 7546 E. State Route 47, just east of Benjamin Logan Schools. The fire destroyed the 2,880- square-foot barn and killed two dozen goats. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES )


“I thought it was probably a farmer burning something in his field, but the closer I got I could tell it was coming from here,” Shyann said as she watched firefighters work the scene of a barn fire that killed a herd of goats one of her fellow 4-Hers was planning to show at the fair.

When she stopped to investigate at about 3:30 p.m., Shyann helped make calls to get firefighters on scene of the property owned by Ryland Eades.

Alhtough he had not yet made a full inventory of his losses, Mr. Eades said he believed seven adult female goats, 16 kids and a buck were lost in the blaze while two dogs and four adult goats were able to escape the fire. The livestock was owned by his daughter Darby, who is now a freshman in college but was planning to show at the Logan County Fair.

The barn was about 60 by 48 feet and firefighters said there was no reason to consider it a suspicious fire.

Firefighters converged from Bokescreek and Perry Township, Tri-Valley District and Bellefontaine and were able to quickly contain the fire. There were no human injuries reported and the fire was contained to the barn.