Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

March 27, 2013

Blaze destroys rural Batesville barn

— Twenty-five to 30 firefighters from three fire departments responded to a blaze March 27 at 26109 Bessler Road, Batesville, according to Chief Kevin Froehling, Eagle Fire Co., Oldenburg.

About 1:42 p.m., a second-party call reported the blaze because the owners, Justin and Sarah Benoit, were not at home.

Oldenburg firefighters arrived first. The chief said, “It was really smoky, and the original structure of the main barn was fully involved. The secondary barn that was adjacent to it was just starting to catch fire” due to intense heat. “The wind was terrible and was pushing the fire onto it. Mother Nature was the biggest challenge.

“Batesville got out there right away with an engine, tanker and manpower .... (and) Morris helped us with a tanker, extra water and manpower.”

“The main barn was totally destroyed and 75 percent of the adjacent one was gone .... There were giant dry evergreen trees, and we thought they would take off like matchsticks onto the house, but we saved the house. It was totally untouched. The fire didn’t even melt a shingle on the roof.

“There was a handful of chickens in the barn. I think they lived because we could see them roosting in the woods when we left, but the three sheep did die ....

“The worst thing about having a fire during the day is pretty well everyone is at work.” He believes it was lucky that someone was driving by and alerted the emergency dispatcher.

Even though the fire’s cause is undetermined, “the property owner was using a heat lamp, and he had some issues with varmints, like skunks. There was a lot of hay bedded down in the barn for the chickens.”

The firefighter pointed out, “The property owners said the biggest reason they bought the house was because of the barn. It had some history to it.”

Froehling was at the scene until about 5:30 p.m. He appreciated the assistance. “Everybody worked well together and everybody was safe and we got the job done.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • nws - bv041814 - Main Street Indiana speaker Main Street committees will be formed The Batesville Main Street organization is moving forward. About 30 supporters attended the April 9 meeting at the Sherman House to hear Shae Kmicikewycz, Indiana Main Street, Indianapolis, program manager, give an overview of suggested committees an

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041814 - Active living workshop walking tour City leaders set active living priorities Two Batesville leaders kicked off the city's April 10 Active Living Workshop by explaining why the focus is vital. Angie Johnson, Southeastern Indiana YMCA executive director, said one of the key findings of a recent community needs assessment was t

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041814 - Stratton, Rodney Stratton takes over as sheriff Stratton takes over as sheriff Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shell building financing explained "For the better part of 18 months," the Batesville Economic Development Commission has been mulling over whether to construct a shell building in the new industrial park to attract a company, President Andy Saner told the city council April 14. "We'd

    April 18, 2014

  • nws - bv041814 - MPA headliner Metamora will host Seeger tribute concert and play The resurrected Metamora Performing Arts Inc. Board of Directors are forging ahead with two cultural events, a concert and play (please see box). "Songs of Peace and Justice: A Tribute to Pete Seeger" will be presented Saturday, April 26, from 1-9 p.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Couple arrested on theft charges

    An Oldenburg couple were arrested by Batesville police in connection with a theft April 14, according to Chief Stan Holt.

    April 15, 2014

  • nws - bv041514 - Helms presentation 1 A shower of praise for Ivy Tech chancellor About 190 laughed during hours of stories about the boisterous James Helms, Ivy Tech Community College Southeast Region chancellor emeritus, during an April 5 retirement dinner at the Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall. A formally dressed Mayor Rick

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv041514 - Severe weather speech Weather spotters update their training Naturally, National Weather Service, Wilmington, Ohio, forecaster Andy Hatzos is always thinking about that universal topic. "There's nothing so far tonight, but I'm kind of keeping an eye on it," he told about 70 who attended a severe weather spotte

    April 15, 2014 3 Photos

  • Security measures added at SDCSC ST. LEON - Tom Harris, Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. support services director, gave trustees an update April 10 on the safety and security measures being added in the district. "Every school now has a sensor on the exterior doors, and we

    April 15, 2014

  • 'School safety is more than an active shooter' OSGOOD - A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school that injured 22 is one of the most recent examples of school violence. Officials are constantly doing what they can to create a safe environment for the children. On April 3, school administrators,

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Photo Gallery


Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Facebook