2017-03-16 / Front Page

Barn destroyed in Hunt farm fire

By Gary Gould
810-452-2650 • ggould@mihomepaper.com


Firefighters from three departments were called out Friday morning to a pole barn fire at Hunt Farms on Richfield Road in Richfield Township. Destroyed was a pole barn behind the grain bins on the north side of the facility that contained numerous vehicles, including pickup trucks and other equipment. 
Photos by Jeff Hogan Firefighters from three departments were called out Friday morning to a pole barn fire at Hunt Farms on Richfield Road in Richfield Township. Destroyed was a pole barn behind the grain bins on the north side of the facility that contained numerous vehicles, including pickup trucks and other equipment. Photos by Jeff Hogan RICHFIELD TWP. — Officials are still investigating a fire that destroyed a barn at Hunt Farms, 12168 E. Richfield Rd., last Friday, destroying more than $5 million in farm equipment.

The Davison-Richfield Fire Department responded to a fire call March 10 at the farm, between 7-7:30 a.m.

There, a barn had caught on fire and the contents were causing explosions within the structure.

Fire Chief Mike Wright told the media there were five grain tractors, a semi-truck and several other pieces of farm equipment stored in the barn, which was a complete loss.

The fire was contained around 11 a.m., though tanker trucks continued to fill-up at the corner of Henderson and Richfield roads to bring more water to the scene — presumably to deal with hot spots.

On social media sites, the fire department posted a statement thanking the community for its support during the fire.

“Well as most of you have heard today we had a large fire at Hunt Farms. Our personnel worked extremely hard to get the fire out and everyone was able to go home at the end of the call with no injuries.

“We would like to give a big thanks to Burton Fire, Forest Township Fire, and Elba Fire for their assistance today both at the fire and covering our response area.

“We also would like to thank Davison Meijer for their donation of refreshments for the crews. The store director himself brought them to the scene and it was a welcome sight.

Lastly we would like to thank Hunt Farms themselves for the donation of refreshments later on into the incident. Even though they were the ones that had a huge loss, they still provided for us out of the kindness of their own hearts.

“As a department we really do appreciate our community and business’ in the area. Without everyone’s support, this job would be a lot more difficult,” the statement said.

Wright said he was pleased with the support shown by the community during the fire.

“I am pleased, very much so,” he said. “The Davison Bakery and Meijer and to everyone who helped out with food and coffee. This is always a good community.”

Wright said the fire, which caused no injuries, is under investigation and he was unable to answer further questions.

Bill and Glenda Hunt also released a statement. In it they thanked the fire fighters and the community for its support during a rough time.

The Hunts also said they were glad no one was injured.

“We are so thankful that no one was at work when (the fire) started. No one was hurt,” said Bill Hunt. “Yes, we lost valuable pieces of equipment, but equipment can and will be replaced. We have a wonderful insurance agent who spent the entire day with us as we sorted out details. We are so thankful for him and his help”

Hunt thanked Meijer for the water, Gatorade and food, Farm Credit Services for the pizzas, the farm’s neighbors for the pizzas, Mike Kelly for the goodies, and the fire departments and police and medical crews that stayed on site for several hours.”

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