CLYMERS — Four fire departments assisted in extinguishing a barn that burned Saturday night in Cass County near the Carroll County line.

Gary Michael, chief of Clymers Fire Department, called the structure on 500S near 300W a total loss. He said by the time the fire was reported and Burrows and Rockfield fire departments arrived, the barn was fully engulfed.

Clymers Fire Department arrived more than 30 minutes later because of what Michael called “confusion” created by the cell phone call reporting the blaze. Michael said the barn was in Clymers territory, but that department was not contacted because the caller went to the nearest corner, which was Carroll County, to report the fire. Carroll County dispatchers initially sent Burrows and Rockfield.

Michael said cell phone calls reporting accidents or fires often result in frustration for emergency response personnel. Michael suggests callers stay on scene so they can help emergency personnel in finding the accident or fire.

The barn fire took several thousand gallons of water to extinguish because the wind was blowing and embers were falling to the wooden floor.

Clymers used more that 12,000 gallons of water. A tanker from Logansport provided water to extinguish wooden floor joists.

“Everything was out when we left,” Michael said.

Firefighters were on the scene until midnight. The property owners were home at the time of the fire but did not know their barn was burning. Cause of the fire has not been determined.

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