courtesy Jason Jasper

Nov 14, 2015 3:21 PM

UPDATE: Madbury firefighters contend with 2 barn fires in one morning

MADBURY - Firefighters got calls for two barn fires an hour apart on Saturday morning with the first fire quickly going to four alarms in the gusty winds.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Davis said the first fire on Drew Road was for a barn used to store electrical equipment and supplies for Artisan Electric. The blaze leveled the building but firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to a garage that house the electrical contractor's office 10 feet away.

The first call came in around 7:30 a.m., he said, and a second barn fire on Fitch Road came in roughly an hour later. Madbury firefighters relied on mutual aid from neighboring communities and freed up some personnel and equipment to help battle that fire.

In that case, a wood-drying kiln apparently set the barn on fire. The kiln was destroyed, Davis said, but the barn was saved.

The cause of the Drew Road fire remains unknown but Davis said neither fire appears suspicious.

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