Fire destroys barn, trailer at golf course in Gaines

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 February 2016 at 12:00 am

GAINES – A fire at Par-Me Golf Course this afternoon destroyed a barn and trailer at the site on Brown Road owned by Parm Wilder.

The fire broke out just before 3 p.m. and spewed dark smoke into the sky.

Albion, Carlton, Holley and Kendall firefighters worked together to put out the fire. The Orleans County Emergency Management Office and fire investigators also assisted.

Parm Wilder said he was thankful for the strong response from the fire department. He lost several lawn mowers in the fire but the garage to the right was spared from the blaze. Wilder has two precious vehicles in that barn, including a 1949 Chevy truck and a Lamborghini.

“They were here right away and they got it out,” Wilder said.

Wilder created a 9-hole golf course at the property, 2998 Brown Rd.

Albion firefighter Darryl Szklany checks the back of the structures while firefighters apply water to the blaze.

Szklany had a radio and updated firefighters on the other side about the intensity of the fire at the back of the barn.

Firefighters work through the smoke to get the fire out.

The Orleans County Highway Department also was deployed and helped demolish the building so the fire could be put out due to all of the sheet metal.