WALKER TOWNSHIP — Just after 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, two local fire departments were dispatched to what was reported as a barn fire with livestock, tractors and an old pickup truck inside the structure.
The Forest-Waverly Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at 2257 Walker Road. When the first personnel arrived on scene, they radioed to CCE Central Dispatch Authority in Petoskey to let all other responding personnel know the barn was fully engulfed. Tuscarora Township Fire Department was also asked to respond, for mutual aid, with tankers, their ladder truck and manpower to help fight the fire in the approximately 30 by 40 foot barn.
Firefighters from Tuscarora Township Fire Department also set up a hydrant on Afton Road, at the bridge over the river, to make sure those fighting the fire had enough water.
Around 20 minutes after the fire was called into 911, the structure collapsed and less than an hour after it was called in, the two departments had the fire extinguished and was cleaning up and putting out any hot spots there may have been. All emergency personnel was cleared from the scene of the fire by 4 p.m.
No one was in the structure at the time the fire started and there were no injuries. The building, the tractors and the old pickup truck stored in the structure were all a total loss. There were also ducks and chickens kept in the structure, but the homeowner was able to rescue most of the birds before the structure became fully engulfed. Several birds died in the fire.
The two fire departments were also assisted on the scene by troopers from the Michigan State Police Gaylord Post and Cheboygan Life Support Systems ambulance.
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