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Historic barn burns


 The barn was a total loss. Photo by J. Reed.

The smoke from this barn fire could be seen for miles. Photo by J. Reed.

The barn was a total loss. Photo by J. Reed.

The barn was a total loss. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

A beautiful old barn burned to the ground Saturday evening, April 22, in Solon Township, and the smoke could be seen rising in the sky from as far away as Grand Rapids.

Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake said that they were dispatched to the fire at 14631 Hanna, south of 18 Mile, at 6:12 p.m. He said the homeowner, William DeBack, was home at the time and discovered the fire.

Drake said that the property used to be a real working farm, and the barn, which was constructed  of timber and stone, was possibly built in the late 1800s and used to have a milking parlor inside. The homeowner was using the barn for storing classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and as a workshop. Five of the vehicles were destroyed, and two were damaged. The barn was insured.

Drake said they had some exposure concerns with the siding on the house starting to melt, but they got that out before the house caught fire.

Other fire departments assisting Solon at the scene were Cedar Springs, Sand Lake, Kent City, and Algoma. They were on the scene for five hours.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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