FORT JEFFERSON - Five firefighters suffered heat exhaustion while 13 departments were battling a barn blaze at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 3956 State Route 121 between Byrket and Weavers-Fort Jefferson roads.
New Madison Fire Chief Duane “Scoob” Cook said his department responded to call reporting a lawn mower was on fire in a barn.
When the department arrived on the scene, there was heavy fire and smoke inside the barn, Cook said.
The only issues they had in battling the blaze was the heat and that the barn was full of hay and straw.
“That’s why it took so long,” Cook said.
The highway was closed the entire time the firefighters were on the scene, 1:30 to after 7 p.m.
In addition to the 12 other fire departments responding mutual aid, there were four rescue squads on the scene - Arcanum, Eldorado, Greenville and New Madison.
No other buildings on the property were affected by the fire.
Cook said June Linder was listed as owner of the property.