Classic cars destroyed in barn fire

A pole barn with vehicles and ammunition inside caught fire in Ridgefield, Sept. 23, 2013 (Clark County Fire Department)
A pole barn with vehicles and ammunition inside caught fire in Ridgefield, Sept. 23, 2013 (Clark County Fire Department)
9-23-13-outbuilding fire

This outbuilding, with vehicles and ammunition inside, caught fire in Ridgefield, Sept. 23, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

RIDGEFIELD, Wash. (KOIN) — Fire broke out at a pole barn in Clark County Monday afternoon, enveloping classic cars, equipment, guns and ammunition.

Clark County Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy told KOIN 6 News the fire began around 1 p.m. in the 2800 block of NE 199th in Ridgefield. Fire crews arrived and began fighting the blaze from a defensive posture.

There were at least two explosions that two dozen firefighters from three departments had to deal with before they could contain the fire. The roof collapsed and made it too dangerous for crews to go inside.

Firefighters used a county excavator to slowly pick pieces off the structure.

No one was hurt and the animals were also safe. However, the classic cars — described by the owner as irreplaceable — were destroyed.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Dawdy said so far there is no estimate on the dollar amount of the damage.

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