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Maple Syrup boiling leads to total destruction

WinterbourneFire1_JOE_9674A barn and shed were destroyed in a fire on Cox Creek Road near Winterbourne Monday evening, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage.

The blaze started was reported around 6:30 p.m. and saw approximately $300,000 worth of overall property damage ($200,000 in buildings and $100,000 in contents) according to Woolwich Township Deputy Fire Chief Dale Martin.

“It pretty much destroyed the whole thing,” he said Tuesday.WinterbourneFire2_JOE_9855

About 40 fire fighters battled the blaze that started with a chimney fire. The property owners were boiling a small amount of maple syrup in a workshop on the property when the fire started from the chimney of the wood stove they were using.

There were no injuries and no animals in the barn. The parked cars kept in the building were destroyed.

Deputy Chief Martin says the incident that took crews several hours to contain was purely accidental. The last fire truck left the scene at around 2 a.m.

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