Early morning fire destroys $250,000 barn and contents on cranberry farm

Fire district Capt. Brundage guides an unidentified District 1 firefighter as they protect nearby property and cool the surrounding areas. FIRE DISTRICT PHOTO

PENINSULA - Morning came early for Pacific County Fire District No. 1 firefighters when they dispatched at 4:13 a.m. to a barn fire at 3815 155th Street on Saturday. Preliminary estimates place the loss in excess of $250,000.

When they arrived seven minutes later, the structure was on the ground. Owner Steve McPhail could only watch as firefighters protected the nearby personal property, which included several vehicles and an excavator.

Roseanne McPhail, who was awakened by the fire, called 911 when she heard "cracking," then saw the orange glow against the trees on the opposite side of the home.

"The fire was already through the roof when she first saw it," Rosanne reported to Chief Thomas O'Donohue.

Fire crews allowed portions of the fire to burn to reduce environmental runoff damage to surrounding areas. Three fire district investigators dug through debris after it had cooled; the cause is still under investigation.

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