Paradise Barn A "Total Loss" After Fire

Mar 5, 2014

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A Paradise, Utah barn was engulfed in flames Tuesday night. Photos and video from Eleanor and Jim Wellings.

More than $195,000 in damage was caused Tuesday night after a barn in Paradise, Utah was engulfed in flames. Respondents were unable to quench the flames before the barn collapsed. Cache County Fire Marshall Jason Winn said the fire was noticed by an individual.

"Yesterday, roughly around 6:30, a passerby noticed smoke coming from the large barn at 9800 South 380 East. that passerby stopped, found that there was fire in the barn, called 9-1-1, tried to extinguish the fire, but the fire grew out of control," he said.

The fire destroyed 200 tons of hay, 150 tons of straw, a hay baler, and a trailer carrying three four-wheelers, a motorcycle, and a side-by-side utility vehicle.

Winn said the cause of the fire is still unknown.

"We ended up letting the fire continue to burn for easier clean-up, so as far as the investigation, we're actually still under investigation at this time," he said.

Officials call the Paradise Equestrian Barn a total loss. Media also reports water had to be brought in from multiple fire departments in the county, because there are no hydrants in the area.