Thursday, July 29, 2010

Our Old Barn Caught Fire

It's been a sad day.
 Today (Wednesday) my husband phoned the fire department and asked for permission to burn our brush pile. It was a pretty calm day so they said for him to go ahead.
I guess a spark from the fire floated up over our metal building and landed on our old barn with the wood shingled roof.  The only one on the property.

By the time he saw it was on fire it was too much for our hose so my hubby told me to call the fire department. We live 7 miles from two towns so it takes a few minutes to get here but they still came mighty fast. In all we had one smaller fire truck, one tanker, one larger fire truck, EMS (for the firemen) two police cars and one police truck along with numerous other pick up trucks of volunteer fire fighters.
It was a teary time for me as I watched it burning.
We had planned on restoring it one day. one was hurt, nothing of value other than the barn was ruined and as far as I can tell all the chickens are accounted for. The silly critters were behind the barn when all this was going on!

Anyway all is well...we're a little shook up but grateful it wasn't the chicken coop or any of the other buildings we have things in and most especially it wasn't our home.

Yes we have a lot to be grateful for.

I hope your day is a good one



The Bear's Blog said...

Dearest Maura,

We are so very sorry about the barn. You are okay, the chicks are all accounted for and your home is safe.

The barn, maybe some of the timbers can be saved & stored and one day a new barn with a lot of history will rise.

It's okay to be sad - but remember to count your blessings. And smile.

All Of Us.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

So sorry for this loss. It is sad when pieces of history are lost to us. Glad everyone is okay, tho.

Jeanette said...

Sorry your barn burned. But like you said no one was hurt and that is all that matters. Have a good weekend.

Unknown said...

Oh Maura, how devastating for both of you. I'm so sorry. I'm so glad to hear no one was hurt but a loss is a loss and I can tell this is heartbreaking for you.

Sending big hugs to you today ~Andrea~

Sweet Homestead Alabama said...

Oh, Maura. I am so sorry. It seems this life is full of curve balls when we least expect them. Praying for your peace. (((HUGS))) Melissa

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your barn, but am thankful as I know you are that no one was injured!

Finding Pam said...

I am sorry that you lost your barn, but grateful that you chickens or animals were not injured. It has to be difficult to see something so old go up in fire. I always worry about the very same thing.

I hope you can salvage some of the wood. Keeping you in my prayers.

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Thank you so much for your kind words. It was hard watering the garden this morning as it's next to the barn and you can smell burned wood. But it's still standing. My husband is going to take a good look at it today and will decide whether it can be saved or not. This reminds me of the old song that Doris Day sang
'Que Sera Sera' which means 'what will be..will be'. So...we will go from here and do what has to be done. Life is good. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thursday.....Maura :)

Pondside said...

Thank heavens you and your critters and your house are all okay. Fire is terrifying - fast and ferocious. There was a fire in the woods behind Pondside yesterday - and we have only a volunteer fire department and no hydrants anywhere. We are so grateful to those men who rushed from their work places and saved us all from ending up in an evacuation centre for the night. You've lived up here, so you appreciate the fear of forest fire at this time of year.
I hope you're able to save your barn - I love your attitude!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Ooh, Maura I'm sorry to learn this....
At least no-one was injured, 'things' can always be replaced.
Nevertheless, a little piece of history forever lost.

Catherine said...

I was scared for you and the animals! i had a bad experience with fire and here we are not alowed to make fire between june ans september. Nowadays it's so dry. I'm glad nobody is injured! so sad for both of you ,i'm sorry for you. Big hug from me!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh no, how heartbreaking! I'm so glad that no people or animals were hurt, though.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I'm so sorry about the barn! I hope it somehow can still be saved.


Flat Creek Farm said...

Maura, I am so sorry about your barn! That is just awful! But I'm so glad that you both, and all your beloved critters, are okay. Big hugs for you!! -Tammy

John Going Gently said...

oh I am so sorry.. and there me banging on about an open day
chin up

Celestial Charms said...

I'm awfully sorry about your unfortunate event. Glad no one was hurt...even so, it must have been quite dramatic. You need a nice big glass of wine to unwind, after such an ordeal.

candy said...

such a pretty blog :)


Unknown said...

Oh, this just breaks my heart! I'm so relieved that no one was hurt, and hopefully it can be rebuilt and restored.

Hugs and prayers,

Bearly Sane said...

Oh boy you certainly have had an ordeal Maura...and you can still count your blessings, which is a wonderful outcome. Sometimes things are sent to try us and help us think about what's important to us. And, thank heavens those things were all safe and sound.
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

Lynn said...

I am so sorry about your barn.. I am real glad though, that no one was hurt.. Sending (((hugs)))... and prayers..


~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I just read about the barn. Oh, Maura, I am so very sorry.

But, I am so very gratefull there were no animals in the barn. Goodness, when I think of what could have been..

My biggest fear is fire. Not quite two years ago, our neighbor lost their home to fire. It was devastating for our whole community! To think they lived in a brand new "just built" home, and we live in a 112 year old home, and the fire began in the laundry room with a bad wiring job! ugh.

Please take of yourself. Things like this affect us more than we sometimes know.
xo, misha

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Oh Maura, I'm so sorry to read your barn burned. How awful for you and your husband. I'm glad no one or no critters were hurt, and no other buildings were damaged. It's still so sad to see anything burn. My heart goes out to you, dear friend. Take cars. Hugs and love.♥

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

Oh Maura... I am heart broken for you.

GardenOfDaisies said...

How scary!! So glad it was not your house.

Laura S Reading said...

Sending you a virtual hug. I read the updated post about the loss of the barn.

Our barn is beyond the repair stage, although we had dreams of it for many years. I get up after every wind storm and the first thing I check is if the barn is still standing.
I will miss it when it is gone.

And my brilliant hubby also had the idea to burn off brush and waste, and did not fill the water containers. Wind picked up and he was running back and forth across the field trying to rake it into submission.
I was on the other side of the barn and did not know what was happening. The neighbors behind us (encroaching subdivision) watched and got upset about the black smoke but no one called the fire dept.
I ended up being the bucket brigade and we did save the buildings.

Ironicly I had taken pictures of that field the day before so took pictures of the blackened field (to rub it in.)

Kim said...

What a terrible loss! I just love old barns. Wish I could buy one and drag it home. I'm sure you will always miss your dear barn. :(


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