Fire destroys local district attorney’s barn, collection of vehicles, toolsPublished 8:32pm Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Alexander City firefighters responded Tuesday afternoon to a fire at a barn owned by Fifth Circuit District Attorney E. Paul Jones.
Jones said the fire, which completely destroyed the barn, took with it around $150,000 in antique vehicles, tractors and wood-working tools.
“It’s sickening,” he said, adding it took him 35 years to collect the various wood-working tools that were destroyed in just minutes. “It burned so fast that if the fire department had been sitting on the corner down there, they couldn’t have saved it.”
He said the blaze started earlier in the day when a worker was burning underbrush around it. He believed the fire had been extinguished and was working to fix a water line that had ruptured.
When he noticed it had come roaring back, he said, it was too late. A family member brought him a fire extinguisher to help, Jones said, but it was “like peeing in the ocean for all the good it did.”
None of the equipment or vehicles inside were insured, he said with a resigned chuckle.
No one was injured in the blaze.