Fire in old chicken coop shuts down SR 25 during morning commute

Tbhe chicken coop fire bgan around 7:15 a.m. Thursday south of Warsaw. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — A fire that started in an old chicken coop led to the closure of SR 25 shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday.

The fire at a residence along SR just south of CR 200S — in the middle of what’s known as the Devil’s Backbone — was called in around 7:15 a.m.

No injuries were reported and the owners were home at the time.

Fire crews were still being called in to assist an hour later

A man at the scene who said he was the owner, said the structure was an old chicken coop used for storage.

Much of the building was surrounded by heavy vegetation and debris.

Firefighters closed SR 25 to use the roadway for water transfer from tankers because of the limited nearby parking space.

Emergency crews from Warsaw-Wayne Fire Territory, Winona Lake, Claypool, Atwood and Plain Township were among the departments responding to the fire.

The road remained closed as of 8:40 a.m.

No other information was immediately available.

This view is from behind the chicken coop. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
A transfer pool was set up along the state road. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
The entire stretch of Devil’s Backbone on SR 25 was shut down as a result of the fire. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.