Fire burns at Sparta pole barn

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A pole barn was destroyed in a large fire Thursday morning in Kent County.

When firefighters pulled up to the barn on Phelps Avenue near 13 Mile Road in Sparta Township, the roof had already been destroyed.

Crews ran into multiple challenges while trying to put it out: two vehicles and a boat inside the barn made it difficult for firefighters to get inside and a lack of hydrants limited the water supply available.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to have been from dry grass on a lawnmower muffler.


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