Turkey barn destroyed in fire, no birds lost

Fire destroyed a turkey building near Dubois Sunday afternoon.

Dubois volunteer firefighters were called to DC Poultry, 7739 N. 400 E., at about 4:14 p.m. for the report of a fire from two neighbors to the farm. Arriving firefighters found a 40-by-500 building fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters held the fire to the single building, but it was destroyed in the blaze. The building did not have turkeys in it at the time of the blaze.

Evan Schnell, who operates the farm, stated that he had put a tractor with a shavings spreader attached and a skid loader in the barn after using them at about 1:00 p.m. with nothing out of the ordinary.  It appears the fire started in the area where the tractor and spreader were sitting in the building, according to Dubois Volunteer Fire Department spokesperson Zach Eichmiller.

The farm consists of six building at the edge of 400 East. Three of the buildings next to the road were empty with the three remaining buildings being full of turkeys. No birds were killed or injured in the incident.

Schnell stated the building was insured along with the equipment, all of which was a total loss.

There were 33 Dubois firefighters with three trucks and six Haysville firefighters on scene who assisted with a tanker.

Units were on scene for about two hours and no one was injured.