SPANGLE, Wash. -- Flames tore through a decades-old barn, killing three pigs living inside on the Spangle property.
The fire started just before 4 a.m. near 7th and Main.
A charged electrical fence prevented firefighters from dousing the flames with water right away. They began extinguishing the fire around 5:15 a.m. once Avista shut off the power.
No one was injured, but the property owner says her grandchildren’s three, 100 lb. 4-H project pigs were killed. She also lost some farming equipment.
The woman says she felt helpless watching the fire burn through her barn, which she remembers watching her father build in the 1950s.
Crews contained the inferno within an hour, and then left the flames to burn themselves out. Firefighters expect the the fire, which could be seen about a mile away at its peak, to continue through this afternoon.