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Abandoned barn near Guelph destroyed in early morning fire

The roof had already collapsed by the time firefighters arrived at the barn on Fife Road near Guelph.

Another in a string of fires at abandoned buildings in the area

This abandoned barn, located on Fife Road south of Guelph, went up in flames early Monday morning. (Google StreetView)

Fire crews were called to an abandoned barn south of Guelph early Monday morning.

The Guelph Fire Department received a call at 3:36 a.m. and arrived to find the barn at 7070 Fife Road fully involved.

The roof had collapsed and most of the walls had fallen in prior to the arrival of firefighters. The barn was located back from the road, hidden from view by several trees.

A defensive attack was used to knock down the remaining fire.

No one was injured in the blaze.

The cause of the fire and an estimate of the damage is still under investigation. Investigators from the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshal were notified and will be involved, police said.

Ontario Provincial Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.

String of fires

There have been a string of fires at vacant homes in the area.

  • Oct. 14 – Crews responded to a fire at an abandoned home on Third Line.
  • Oct. 19 – A second fire was reported less than a kilometre away on Third Line at another abandoned home.
  • Oct. 28 – A fire was reported at a vacant home on Arkell Road.
  • Nov. 16 – Crews were called to an early morning fire at a sawmill on Sixth Line, east of Fergus.

Steve Goode, the chief of Puslinch Fire and Rescue Services, told CBC News in October that the recent string of fires in abandoned houses are endangering firefighters and tying up emergency resources.

Goode said the fire department was treating the fire at the home on Arkell Road as arson.

"There are no other factors that could cause such a house to erupt in flames. There is no hydro to it, it's not occupied so that eliminates many things," Goode said. "Lightning was not existent at the time."

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