BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A fire that engulfed three buildings at a vacant Pleasantville farm was touched off after workers dismantled a barn cut through a power line with a chainsaw, according to Alum Bank Volunteer Fire Company Chief Brad Harbaugh.

Firefighters were called out at about 11:30 a.m. to the farm on Cortland Road in West St. Clair Township and arrived to find a 40′ by 80′ barn fully engulfed, the chief said. The wind played “a major factor” in spreading the flames to two other buildings — a garage and a small house. Four other fire companies assisted in the response, but no one was injured.

While the three buildings were destroyed, firefighters did put out the flames when they reached the porches of another nearby two-story house, one that is also vacant.

Harbaugh said the fire was accidental in nature and the company had bought the barn and was dismantling it for its lumber, estimated to be worth $20,000. The firefighters wrapped up their operation at about 3 p.m.

The fire chief praised the volunteers who responded.

“They did a great job today,” Harbaugh said. He thanked West St, Clair Township and PennDOT for their help as well as Chestnut Ridge Ambulance for being on standby.


The fire company’s auxiliary provided food for the volunteers as well as the Knisely family, owners of the Best Way Pizza in Pleasantville. 

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