Owner did woodwork in barns destroyed in Darke County fire

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A large fire in Darke County between Ansonia and Versailles has three barns engulfed in flames.

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UPDATE @ 11:13 a.m. (May 19):

The owner of the property where three barns were destroyed and another damaged worked on his woodworking hobby in some of the buildings damaged.

Neal Burns owns the property in the 4100 block of White Coppess Road and as firefighters responding to the fire Thursday, smoke could be seen as far as Greenville.

Burns used the buildings to build wooden toys and bowls, he told News Center 7’s Steve Baker.

There is no damage estimate on the fire or official cause of the flames, however Burns believes it may have been an electrical issue.

Crews from 15 fire departments in Darke, Mercer and Randolph counties assisted in the fire fight.

Burns’ wife was one of many that called the fire in to 911.

UPDATE @ 11:19 p.m.:  The cause of the fire that destroyed at least three barns on White Coppess Road, north of Ansonia, is listed as undetermined and remains under investigation.

That's the assessment of the Ansonia Volunteer Fire Department, as reported by our news partner Bluebag Media.

A fourth barn was heavily damaged in the fire, which spread quickly because of heavy winds.

According to a member of the family that owns the barns, they were full of various pieces of farm equipment and machinery. All of it has been lost.

No monetary estimate of damage to the structures or their contents was available.

INITIAL REPORT

Fire crews are responding to multiple barns on fire in Darke County.

About 3:15 p.m., the barns were on fire in the area of 4121 White Coppess Road, Ansonia.

We’re working to learn more details about the fires. We will update this developing report.

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VIDEO: Smoke from Darke Co. barn fire, contributed by Nacie Trent/FACEBOOK.

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