A fire destroyed a barn in Green Township, trapping a man until crews were able to get to him.
The fire started around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 9100 block of Washingtonville Road.
Ironically, Goshen’s police chief was just a short distance away handling a car crash at the intersection of Western Reserve and Washingtonville roads when a passerby told him about the fire. The chief then ran down the road and was the first person to get to the scene.
“We didn’t even get to clear that when a passerby said there’s a house burning,” Goshen Police Chief Steve McDaniel.
When McDaniel and another man approached the barn, they noticed a man trapped on a skid loader with its engine running just outside the building.
We tried to get him out. The flames and smoke were so bad you couldn’t see. Finally, after four or five times being up there, the smoke was getting to us,” McDaniel said.
At that point, McDaniel said tanks started exploding inside the barn just as firefighters arrived.
“They could see the excavator sitting right outside the building. They tried and were able to actually get him out of the excavator and get him away from the building,” he said.
The victim suffered serious burns and was rushed to St. Elizabeth Health Center. He was last listed in critical condition.
The wind-driven flames quickly consumed the building, leaving behind scorched vehicles and twisted sheet metal. At one point, more than six departments were on the scene providing water and manpower.
Hours after it was first spotted, excavation equipment was being used to uncover hot spots that were still smoking and burning at the old storage barn.
The State Fire Marshal is investigating to determine what started the fire.