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AFD Battles Fire In Farm Bunker

The Archbold Fire Department battled a fire on the farm of Jeff Nofzinger, 19500 Co. Rd. A, Friday, April 29.

AFD was called to the farm about 10:28 pm on a report of a barn fire with livestock still inside the structure.

Andy Brodbeck, fire chief, said the fire was in a “bunker” being used for storage.

A bunker, he said, has a concrete floor and walls, but no roof. In some cases it is used to store silage or other bulk product.

Brodbeck said the bunker was being used to store wagons, tires, and wood products, such as pallets and boxes.

“It looked like a work area,” he said.

The bunker was adjacent to two barns that were filled with animals.

The crew of the first fire engine on the scene, Archbold No. 102, turned their hoses on the barns to cool down those structures before attacking the fire itself.


Tires can be particularly difficult to extinguish. A pile of tires creates spaces and voids where fire can hide.

Brodbeck said crews used foam to smother the fire in the tires.

“We got them (the tires) out pretty quickly. We had the fire contained within half an hour.

“After that it was a matter of overhaul, going through the piles that were burning to make sure we had it out.”


When the report of a structure fire came in, Wauseon was dispatched automatically based on current Fulton County protocols.

Brodbeck said AFD called for assistance from Ridgeville, as well.

Ridgeville and Wauseon sent engines and tankers. Ridgeville also brought a truck equipped to refill the bottles used in firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatus, or air masks.

Along with Archbold tanker No. 106, the tankers filled their tanks from a hydrant at the intersection of Co. Rd. A and St. Rt. 66, then trucked water to the fire scene.

A total of about 16,000 gallons of water was used. No firefighters were injured.

Brodbeck estimated damage at about $1,000.

The cause is still under investigation.

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