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Pole barn fire under investigation

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RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Memories are all that's left of many prized possessions after a massive fire Friday, April 18.

A local family is cleaning up after finding their pole barn and vehicles up in flames.

Marilyn McAlpine, barn owner, said her husband came into their house and told her to call the fire department.

"I look outside and it was all engulfed," she said. "(There were) huge flames shooting up from the barn."

The fire happened Friday morning in Richland Township. McAlpine's husband was out in the barn getting a meat smoker after a recent fishing trip. Next thing they knew, the barn and everything inside was up in flames.

McAlpine said her boat was going through her mind when she saw the barn in flames.

"My boat's in there and my golf cart. And all his stuff he's accumulated through the years," she said.

The fire destroyed not only the barn, but two large tool boxes, a boat, family items and two vehicles. But, the fire did not spread to the house and no one was inside the barn at the time.

"When we arrived on scene we immediately pulled lines and began extinguishing efforts. We had neighboring departments show up and help out. Everyone did a great job, and I'm glad we stopped it with just a pole barn," said Jeremy Scott, assistant chief at Richland Township Fire Department.

The homeowner believes the fire started from a running golf cart inside the barn, but all that's left of it now is a badly burned tire.

The official cause of the fire is not confirmed but it is under investigation.

The McAlpine family was lucky they were safe from the fire, but their barn, and many treasured items, are a complete loss.

"We were going to go up north, but looks like we'll now be on clean up duty," McAlpine said.

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