Area fire crews battled a barn fire at a centennial farm in Leslie Thursday afternoon.
What is known as the old Brinkmeyer farm, located at 226 Strehlman Ford Road, caught fire as the property owners were burning natural debris. The fire spread to the nearby barn as wind picked up, according to Beaufort-Leslie Fire Chief Terry Feth.
The Beaufort-Leslie Fire Protection District was called to the farm at 3:04 p.m.
Feth said when crews arrived, one barn was completely consumed. One wall on a second barn and brush also were burning.
The Gerald-Rosebud, Union and Sullivan departments were called to assist with the two-alarm fire.
Feth said the fire posed some access and location challenges, as the address wasn’t marked on the main road and the roadway to the farm was narrow. Crews set up a command post nearly a mile from the fire.
“We need a 12-foot-wide by 12-foot-tall clearing, minimum, and then turnaround space for the large trucks,” he said.
The fire was contained and soaked quickly, Feth said. Crews were on site until about 5:30 p.m.
At one time, the farm was owned by Lena and Ralph Brinkmeyer. It is now owned by Martha Nix and Dan Nix. The farm has been in the family for 120 years.
Dan Nix said there was a “retired” tractor and manure spreader in the demolished barn.
The original house on the property burned down 18 to 20 years ago.