Barn Fire Research Paying Off In Puslinch Township


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Firefighters undertook research earlier this year to learn more about the initial stages of barn fires. Photo by Mike Robinson


by Mike Robinson

From the flames of tragedy, Puslinch firefighters are working diligently to prevent fires such as the one at Classy Lane Stables on Jan. 4. That fire claimed the lives of 40 race horses and destroyed the barn in which they were housed.

On Sept. 7, Puslinch’s chief fire protection officer Jason Benn spoke to councillors on local efforts and research to prevent such tragedies.

Since the fire, Benn said there has been a lot of media attention and inquries from various fire services.

“It ended up being the largest fire in the history of Puslinch, with over $3.2 million worth of damage and loss of life,” said Benn.

He noted Classy Lane has rebuilt and the new structure, known as Barn 6, incorporates many new features.

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