Blaze levels Bridgewater barn
Firefighters from four area towns contained a fire last week at the Carlson Farm, located at 66 Northrup Road in Bridgewater, to the rear barn on the property.
The early afternoon fire brought crews from Bridgewater, Roxbury, New Milford and Brookfield.
The 40- by 80-foot barn was reduced by 3 p.m. to smoldering rubble, and small grass fires along the side of the front barn on the property were pluming white smoke as firefighters worked to contain them.
The home on the land, sitting some 300 yards from the back barn, was not involved in the blaze.
No members of owner Carl A. Carlson's family were injured.
"By the time the call came in, the barn was fully engulfed," said Bridgewater fire Chief A.J. Murphy. "First responders saw a plume of black smoke rising from the site as they drove (to it)."
Chief Murphy called for extensive mutual aid for the water tankers because of the day's 100-degree temperature.
He did not want any members of the fire crews to suffer heat exhaustion, he said.
Bridgewater and Roxbury ambulance crews set up a relief station for firefighters under a large oak tree on neighboring property.
No firefighters were injured.
Chief Murphy said the barn had been used to store hay and equipment.