By Teresa Fata
The Williamston Post
A fire on Noble Road in Williamston in the early morning hours of March 31 left a local barn with nothing but a charred frame. The rest of the property is still intact.
Williamston Fire Chief Bill Siegel said that the fire department received the call around 5:20 a.m. and was able to put the fire out shortly after.
“We contained the fire to the building of origin… We contained it so it didn’t get up to the big barn by the road,” he explained. “We had assistance from the Dansville Fire Department and the Ingham County Tanker Task Force gave us the water we needed.”
Although firefighters were able to keep the fire away from the main barn and house, initial reports suggested that two cats had been killed in the flames. However, that was not true, as only equipment was kept in the barn and the cats were later accounted for.
While most of equipment in the barn was damaged or destroyed, no animals or people have been reported dead or injured at this time.
As of press time, there has been no word on what may have caused the fire. Multiple Williamston farmers were reached for comment but they did not want to comment on the situation before firefighters released an official statement.
However, the community is expected to come together to support the family that lost a barn and equipment to the early morning fire. Tina Brookhouse, a citizen of Williamston, is confident that multiple groups will help the family.
“I know the local churches and businesses often band together to help people who lose everything to fire. I think also the Kiwanis, Rotary clubs, and the Chamber of Commerce send out notifications for help too,” explained Brookhouse.
She credits how well the situation was handled and contained to the volunteer citizens who work to keep the town safe.
“We have a great volunteer network and volunteer firefighters,” said Brookhouse.