A fire in Monroe County’s West End under investigation.
Flames broke out this morning at a barn in Polk Township.
We’ve been covering an ongoing arson investigation in that area. Currently three homes have been hit.
A passerby spotted flames and smoke coming from this barn on Mountain View Drive in Polk Township around 8:30 this morning. Luckily firefighters were able to get it under control in about 15 minutes.
Chief Billy Tippett of Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company says, "There was smoke coming out of the eves right there, a little bit of fire underneath. Stretched a line out fast, got inside. There was a small fire on the inside on the second division, put the fire out."
While this fire was small and it was easily put out, there is a big problem in the area right now with fires that have destroyed homes. They were arson.
Three unoccupied homes in Polk Township have been hit since July of this year. Neil Murphy is wondering if this barn will be added to that list. He rents the property and hasn’t been in the barn for years other than for repairs. He tells us there’s nothing inside the 1800s bank barn that could’ve sparked the fire.
Murphy says, "There’s no electric in the barn. The first person that asked me was one of the fireman and he said probably the hay in the barn started it. Well, there’s no hay in the barn so it’s up in the air as to what the situation is."
If you have any information on today's fire or any of the confirmed arson fires in Polk Township. You're asked to call the State Police Fire Marshal Unit in Dunmore.