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May 16, 2013

Barn destroyed, boat damaged in Bowen fire

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

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Horses and dogs were saved but a small barn and chicken coop went up in flames in a fire Thursday afternoon on Bowen Road. The homeowners were not home, but the house may have sustained siding damage.

Volunteer firefighters from Rapids, Wolcottsville, Terrys Corners and Clarence responded just after 2:30 p.m. to a barn fire that destroyed a building and damaged a boat. The attached chicken coop was charcoal.

Roger Yurek, the assistant chief at Rapids Volunteer Co. said, "We got dispatched for the report of a possible brush fire. The second call reported a building involved. When we got here, there was a 20-by-30 barn well involved, along with a boat."

Two horses were led to a relative's house on the south side of the road and dogs were taken to the house. The cause of the blaze has not been determined, but a steady westerly breeze may have fed the blaze.

The property owners were not at home at the time of the fire which was spotted by their parents who live on the other side of the road. 

"At first we first saw smoke and then I saw flames," said Gail Covel. "My husband first called and then I did."

As she surveyed the damage, Covel asked about the chickens that were cooped up. The chicks were about three weeks old and there may also have been ducks on the property.

"There were two horses in the adjacent structure which we got out along with the smaller animals," Yurek said.

A visitor reported that he saw two horses and smaller animal led across the road. "It was fully engulfed," the witness said.

Firemen pulled out about 800-feet of five inch-hose to fight the fire.