Fire destroys large pole barn near Coopersville

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Several rural fire departments responded to a barn fire in the 8600 block of Leonard Road, southwest of Coopersville, shortly before 8 p.m. Monday.

The first firefighters on the scene reported fire through the roof of the approximately 40-by-80-foot pole barn, said Coopersville-Polkton Deputy Chief Mark Mol.

When firefighters arrived, the owner was trying to remove equipment from the blazing building, Mol said.

“We had to go in and get him,” he said.

The structure, containing farm equipment, was destroyed by the blaze, Mol said. Fire quickly moved through the large structure and everything inside it is considered a total loss, the deputy chief said.

There was no livestock in the barn and nobody was injured.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in about an hour, Mol said. They continued to put out hot spots in the structure for at least another hour before some of the departments started clearing the scene.

Mol said the cause of the fire was unknown at the time. He said fire officials would likely return in the morning for further inspection.

Firefighters from Allendale, Crockery, Robinson and Wright-Tallmadge departments assisted at the scene. Several other Ottawa County departments responded to the rural fire stations to cover for them in case of other calls.

A damage estimate was not available and the owner declined to talk at the scene.

Firefighters confirmed they responded to another barn fire at the same farm about four years ago. That completely separate building was also destroyed.

Ottawa County property records show the farm belongs to Richard Jonick, 8660 Leonard Road.

Grand Haven Tribune


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