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Large Boston barn destroyed by fire

Over 120 firefighters spent Monday afternoon cleaning up debris after putting out a fire that destroyed a two-story barn at 9080 Cole Road in the Town of Boston.

No one was injured due to the fire.

Ed Kane, assistant chief of the Boston Volunteer Fire Co., said the barn, which had just been filled with hay, was destroyed even though an estimated 150,000 gallons of water was used to put out the blaze amid Monday’s rains and lightening. Ten water tankers were called into service because the barn was about 2,000 feet from the road and no fire hydrants are in the area.

Because of the day’s heat, firefighters had to be periodically relieved. ATVs hauled firefighters and equipment to and from the fire, Kane said.

While the fire was called in just after 11 a.m. Monday and the fire was under control in about two hours, crews worked at the scene most of the afternoon, dealing with removal of hay that had been stored in the barn. Inmates at the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden were called in to help with the cleanup, a regular feature of dealing with such large fires, Kane said.

No financial damage estimate was released and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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