Fire destroys Barre home on Burns Road

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 May 2016 at 11:30 pm

BARRE – Firefighters, including a member of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company in front, work to put out a fire Friday night at 5581 Burns Rd.

The location is in southern Barre near the Genesee County line.

The initial dispatch call went out at 9:13 p.m. Firefighters from several departments in Orleans and Genesee counties responded to the scene. The house is owned by Allen and Constance Whipple and located at the end of a long driveway.

The house was fully engulfed in flames and bystanders said they could see the orange flames from the road.

No one was injured in the fire, and the Whipples’ dogs were able to get out.

These Barre firefighters work to put out hot spots at the back of the house.

In addition to Barre, firefighters responded from Albion, Elba, East Shelby, Shelby, Medina, Ridgeway and Oakfield.

The fire happened on a section of the road without fire hydrants. Firefighters went to a hydrant on Johnson Road to fill fire trucks with water, which then hauled it to dump tanks to be pumped to the scene.

Water is hauled and then put in the dump tanks. Several fire companies brought tankers and pumpers to fight the fire in a remote part of Barre.

Jason Watts, a past chief for the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, is at the smoky scene after a house was destroyed by a fire.

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