Fire destroys hay barn in Kenilworth. Four departments respond to blaze

A hay barn in Kenilworth was destroyed by fire overnight on Oct. 25 and 26. 

Firefighters from Arthur, Mount Forest, Harriston and Palmerston were called out to the scene on Sideroad 7 West at around 9:30pm on Oct. 25. The barn was already fully involved when firefighters arrived. 

Wellington North Fire Chief Dave Guilbault explained firefighters were able to save a house and a utility shed from catching fire, but the barn was a “total loss.”

“It went fairly quickly. Like I said it was fully loaded with hay, so it did go very quickly and then we brought in a high hoe so we pulled it apart,” Guilbault said.

Crews were at the scene until 2:30am. One firefighter was treated on scene for exhaustion. 

The barn fire call came just moments after Arthur and Mount Forest firefighters finished extinguishing a corn dryer fire on Highway 6 just south of Mount Forest.

“We nipped that one in the bud really quick,” said Guilbault. 

“We were just cleaning up from that when the barn fire (call) came in on Sideroad 7, just outside of Kenilworth.”

Guilbault said he did not yet know the cause of the Kenilworth fire, but he is not treating it as suspicious. 

The loss of the barn is estimated to be around $200,000, he said.