TVF&R: Barn destroyed in Sherwood-area fire
A fire broke out in a barn in rural Sherwood on Friday afternoon, May 14, spreading to a field and threatening nearby structures, according to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
The fire agency said firefighters were called out to the incident in the 22000 block of Southwest Lebeau Road just after 2:40 p.m. They found a large barn "heavily involved in fire" and spot fires in a nearby field.
"Warm afternoon temperatures and moderate wind in the area carried embers away from the fire, causing the spot fires on adjacent property," TVF&R stated.
Firefighters were able to contain the barn fire, bringing it under control in about 40 minutes, and extinguish the spot fires. Two nearby structures that were threatened by flames also sustained minor heat damage, but firefighters were able to keep them from burning, TVF&R noted.
The barn is considered a total loss.
No injuries were reported. No livestock were housed in the barn at the time of the fire, TVF&R added.
There are no fire hydrants in the rural area. Firefighters relied on water tenders to bring water to the scene for their hoses.
The fire was reportedly started accidentally. TVF&R said a fire investigator determined it was related to beekeeping activities inside the barn.
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