Four volunteer fire
department battled a large fire at an historic farm in Fearing Township on Saturday
night - a farm that served as a national icon for Ohio ten years ago.
The blaze was reported just
after 8:00 p.m. at the old Knoch Farm on Stanleyville Narrows Road.
A large barn was fully
involved when Fearing firefighters arrived. They called for help from the
Devola, Salem and Reno departments as they focused their efforts on saving
other nearby structures, including two silos, clustered together on a bluff in
the Duck Creek Valley.
No firefighters were injured
and no animals were lost, but the damage was extensive. No damage estimate is
available at this time.
The old Knoch Farm has been
owned in recent years by Marietta businessman John Lehman.