POWHATAN POINT - A representative from the state fire marshal's office has been called to investigate a blaze, which destroyed an equipment storage building and its contents Monday morning near Powhatan Point, according to Powhatan Fire Chief Tom Nelms.
The building and a variety of farming equipment were owned by Dennis Bigler.
Firefighters were unable to get any equipment out of the building where the fire began Monday around 6:22 a.m. Nelms said the structure housed equipment such as tractors, trucks, hay balers, rakes and a horse trailer.
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FLAMES destroyed an equipment storage building as well as tractors, trucks, hay balers and other farm-related equipment Monday morning near Powhatan Point. Firefighters from Powhatan and Shadyside as well as the Belmont County Tanker Task Force attempted to save the building and equipment during the heat and humidity.
The first reports Monday had indicated the building on fire was a barn.
Powhatan Point and Shadyside volunteer fire departments as well as the Belmont County Task Force battled the fire at the Bigler farm, a few miles from Powhatan Point on East Captina Highway (Ohio 148).
Water to fight the flames was drawn from Captina Creek. Nelms said water was drawn from two sites along the creek, one of which was three-fourths of a mile from the fire.
Initially, it had not been determined where the blaze began in the building.
There was one exposure - a barn - but this didn't result in any problems, according to the fire chief. "We got it down pretty quick," he added.