Farm family picks up pieces after barn fire

MONTGOMERY CO., AL (WSFA) - A fast moving fire spares a family's home, but destroys their barn and everything in it. It happened Sunday afternoon around 3:30 on Brooks Road off of Lower Wetumpka Road in Montgomery county. Smoke could be seen miles away and on the day after the blaze, the family is still trying to put out some flames.

Some flames are still burning and smoke still seeping into the air near this barn behind the Dunn's family home on Brooks Road.

"It's hard. It's disheartening. I mean you work all your life." Montgomery county resident Ted Dunn said.

Dunn says he and his wife were not home when it happened. Fire officials aren't sure how the fire started, but one thing is for sure nothing can be salvaged.

"I lost two trucks, a 32 foot stock trailer and a cab tractor; all my tools and my welding machines and just hand tools that I use everyday," Dunn said.

A farmer by trade, Dunn raises cattle, grows hay and has pecan crop. The barn that burned down was one of three barns on his property. The owner says volunteer firefighters fought the blaze for almost three hours trying to save nearly 40 years worth of farming equipment.

"The water plug is so far away, they ran out of water, not that they could save it. They did all they could do with what they had to work with," Dunn said.

He estimates $150,000 in property damage and loss.

"Some things that I didn't have insurance on that are costly," Dunn said.

The second time this barn has been destroyed.

"The first time, the tornado got it. And we rebuilt it," Dunn said.

But he still plans to pick up the pieces again and start over.

"I've never been a quitter. I'm just a little older than I was the last time it happened and I will just keep pluggin' and try to make it," Dunn said.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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