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Harrietsville area barn fire possibly suspicious

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An abandoned barn just west of Harrietsville engulfed by flames last Tuesday night is thought to be suspicious in nature by the fire prevention officer.
by Wendy Spence

      An abandoned two-storey barn just west of Harrietsville, was destroyed in what is thought to be a suspicious fire, according to Middlesex County fire prevention officer John Elston. No one was hurt in the blaze and no one was home at the time.

     The Dorchester and Belmont fire stations responded to a 911 call last Tuesday night around 11 and remained at the scene for about three hours. When they arrived the barn, which was about 100 feet by 40 feet, was fully engulfed and the goal was to keep the embers from spreading. There is a horse farm quite a distance from where the fire occurred.

     Elston was in contact with Middlesex County and Elgin County OPP to explore the possibility that last week’s fire was connected to recent fires in a barn and a home in the Belmont area that were also thought to be suspicious. The cause of the fire is unknown and the OPP continue to investigate.

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