Fire contained to old barn in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 November 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – An old carriage barn burned to the ground tonight in a blaze that firefighters feared could have spread to neighboring structures because of the close setbacks on Walsh Alley.

Firefighters were on scene a little before 6 p.m. and discovered the barn was already fully engulfed. Firefighters focused on saving the neighboring structures at the alley off Prospect Street.

At about 8 p.m., when most of the barn had collapsed, an excavator was brought in to knock down the remaining pieces of the building that were still standing. Firefighters didn’t want those pieces to fall on a neighboring garage, causing another fire.

The carriage barn was used at the former Houseman Funeral Home at 228 Park Ave. The property had been vacant about two years and firefighters thought the site was in foreclosure.

The fire is under investigation. The western battalion – Medina, East Shelby, Lyndonville, Ridgeway and Shelby fire companies – all responded to fire. Some of the firefighters were expected to be on scene most of the night.