Fire consumes barn west of Simcoe

Damage is estimated at $300,000 following a barn fire in Norfolk County.

The fire broke out around 1:15 p.m. at a property on McDowell Road near the community of Glenshee, west of Simcoe. Its smoke was visible from several hours away.

According to the Norfolk County Fire Department, the fire is believed to have been started by sparks from a torch being used by the property owner.

Firefighters from four stations were called in to prevent the fire from spreading past the barn and to shuttle water to the site.

In the end, the barn and its contents were destroyed. Damage is estimated at $300,000.

No injuries were reported.