Fire destroys old barn on Salt Works Road in Shelby

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 June 2023 at 6:55 pm

Hot embers spread to 2 other sites that are quickly put out

Photos by Tom Rivers

SHELBY – Firefighters carry a hose to the back of a barn that burned this afternoon at 5022 Salt Works Rd. in Shelby.

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 4:36 p.m. Fire destroyed most of the old wooden barn, which hadn’t been used in many years.

The Shelby Volunteer Fire Company directs water from up high down on the smoldering site.

Shelby Fire Chief Dave Moden said a brush fire behind the barn spread to the structure, causing the fire. Some hot embers from the barn blew on neighbors property. One landed on a barn nearby and burnt a hole in the roof before it was extinguished by firefighters.

A small corn bin also caught on fire and was put out, Moden said.

Firefighters spray water on the back end of the barn.

Several fire companies assisted Shelby at the scene including Medina, Middleport and Wolcottsville, with East Shelby filling in at Shelby’s fire hall.