Dec 28, 2013

Beef Barns Receive Major Damage in Fire at Darke County Fairgrounds

GREENVILLE - The Greenville City Fire Department responded to the Darke County Fairgrounds at 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 27. Upon arrival, crews found the Cow Palace (aka Beef Barn) engulfed in flames. In addition to the north barn (closest to Martz St.) the fire had spread to the south barn and the barns connector. Greenville Fire Chief Mark Wolf said the milking parlor and an office also received damage.

According to Wolf, crews were quickly able to get the fire under control. He noted there wasn't a lot of burnable material, except the roof structure. The barn's walls are made of concrete and there is a lot of steel holding up the roof. The north barn sustained major damage with a collapsed roof.

Fairboard President Richard Delk and several members of the board were at the scene. In addition to the barns, the board also believes they lost the fair shuttles in the fire. A boat was also being stored in the barn.

Wolf said 11 fire companies were on the scene. In addition to the City of Greenville, units included Greenville Township Fire, Liberty Township Fire, Arcanum, New Madison, Union City, Union City, Greenville Township Rescue and Arcanum Rescue. Units from Ansonia and Versailles were manning the Greenville.

A cause for the fire and amount of damage has not been determined.

Fairboard members watch as the barns burn.


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