Multiple fires across Gibson County

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Gibson Co., Ind. (WEHT) – Small Indiana fire departments were busy today with multiple calls coming in around the same time. Crews in Gibbon county were called to two different fires.
One happened in Franciso another in Princeton.

Burnt barns remain after fires in two different Gibson County cities. The first in Princeton where a barn caught fire after the homeowner says it’s possible a cigarette wasn’t put out all the way. The owner says that barn holds more than material objects, it holds memories because her husband built it.

When she saw the flames — she ran through the black smoke to get her car.

That other fire less than 20 miles away in Francisco. There the fire chief says kids playing around could have been the cause.
“I guess some kids were playing with a lighter,” Vincent Kolb with the Francisco Fire Department says.

Firefighters worry not stopping at the flames. They say they were concerned about the cars inside the barn.

“Magnesium alloys and that can explode and water will set it off,” Kolb says.

Volunteer departments responded to both fires. Luckily, no one was hurt.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 22, 2020)

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