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Morning blaze destroys barn in Port Williams

Roughly 30 firefighters were on the scene of a destructive barn fire in Port Williams around 5:45 a.m. Jan. 28.
Roughly 30 firefighters were on the scene of a destructive barn fire in Port Williams around 5:45 a.m. Jan. 28. - Submitted

PORT WILLIAMS - A barn has been damaged beyond repair following an early-morning fire.

Port Williams Volunteer Fire Department Chief Philip Porter said the blaze along Highway 358 in was reported at 5:45 a.m. Jan. 28.

“It was an old barn… that they were using as a workshop,” he said, noting that no humans or animals were inside the structure when the fire broke out.

There was a snowblower and ride-on tractor inside the building, as well as two boats parked beside the barn that also caught fire, Porter said.

“It was fully involved when we got there so we just had to fight the fire from outside. We couldn’t get in,” he said, estimating that roughly 30 firefighters were on the scene.

Fire departments from Greenwich, Wolfville and Kentville offered mutual aid. Firefighters were able to prevent the flames from spreading to a house about 25 to 30 feet from the barn, Porter said.

The barn was considered a total loss, with the cause of the fire undetermined as of noon Jan. 28.

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