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Crews anticipate it may take days to fully extinguish Thursday morning barn fires in Morenci

The fire sparked Thursday morning at two adjacent barns just north of Morenci at SR 156 and Ridgeville Road in Lenawee County. Fourteen departments responded.

MORENCI, Mich. — Fire departments from both sides of the state line are tackling a barn fire Thursday morning in Morenci.

The fire fully engulfed two barns just north of Morenci at SR 156 and Ridgeville Road.

The Morenci Fire Department responded to the fire at 5:30 a.m. and called for mutual aid shortly after, according to Morenci's fire chief. Fourteen departments responded to the scene from Lenawee and Hillsdale counties in Michigan, and Fulton and Williams counties in Ohio. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation is also assisting with roads in the area. Tanker trucks are hauling water from Morenci to fight the fire.

The barns were adjacent and both were used as storage for hay and straw.

The cause is currently unknown. However, since there was no electricity to either of the storage barns, fire officials suspect it either happened due to moisture in the hay or potentially was arson. Michigan's state fire marshall is investigating.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from the Ohio border on US 20.

Credit: Kenny Kruse/WTOL 11

Departments are now letting the fire burn at this point and anticipate they may be on the scene all weekend due to the significant amount of hay and straw that ignited. 

No known injuries have been reported.

Drivers should seek an alternate route due to activity on Ridgeville Road at SR 156.

This is a developing story.

Credit: Kenny Kruse/WTOL 11
Credit: Kenny Kruse/WTOL 11
Credit: Kenny Kruse/WTOL 11


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