Barns lost in fire

PIQUA — A Monday afternoon fire destroyed a pair of barns on Washington Road.

The Piqua Fire Department, as well as the Covington Fire Department, were called to 5900 N. Washington Road around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Piqua firefighters and a Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived and reported a fully-involved barn fire.

Minutes later a second barn was reported to be burning along with a nearby vehicle. The barn fires also ignited several fires in corn field stubble. Those fires also began to spread in the wind.

Piqua fire requested mutual aide from Fletcher, Bradford, Pleasant Hill and Troy for a combination of tankers and grass trucks.

Piqua Fire Department Captain Doug Stewart said tenants on the property were burning a pile of trash when it spread to a nearby barn. The tenants used a garden hose to attempt to put out the fire, but soon realized they could not and contacted Miami County 9-1-1.

Stewart said that two barns were a total loss. A pair of vehicles were parked near the barns and at least one sustained damage.

Piqua firefighters cut the wire on a fence, allowing a cow, a pony, and a rabbit to escape the flames.

The fire was knocked down after about 90 minutes, but firefighters continued to pour water on hot spots. Fire units began to be released from the scene shortly before 6 p.m.

There were no injuries reported.