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Grass Fire Causes Minimal Damage At Sauder Village

Andy Brodbeck, Archbold Fire Department chief, said a grass fire rekindled, causing minimal damage to a small log cabin used for storage at Sauder Village, Monday, April 7.

Firefighters responded about 3:24 pm to a report of a structure fire at the village.

That morning, Sauder Village workers conducted a controlled burn of the overgrowth in the Natives and Newcomers area of the village.

Debbie David, executive director of the village, said controlled burns “are a recommended practice in nature preservation circles for the care and reestablishment of native grasses and flowers, and have been successfully accomplished at Sauder Village for the past four years.”

Brodbeck said Monday afternoon, the wind picked up and rekindled the grass fire. The fire worked its way across a road and started the log structure burning.

Village workers were able to put out the worst of the flames before Archbold firefighters arrived.

The log structure is set on blocks about eight inches off the ground. Firefighters were concerned that the fire might have reached under the structure, where it was difficult to fight.

Firefighters sprayed water, then fire-suppressing foam under the building. The foam adheres to the structure better than water, providing longerlasting protection.

Brodbeck said the exterior was charred, but fire did not make its way inside. There was some smoke inside the building, he said.

Because gravel roads in the area might not have supported the weight of the AFD full-size fire engines, truck No. 105, the grass fire truck, was called into action. It could maneuver in the area, and its 500-gallon water tank was sufficient for the small fire, Brodbeck said.

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