Oneida: Easter morning barn fire

An Easter morning barn fire on Lake Road (Route 316) had emergency crews from Oneida, Durhamville, Wampsville and Canastota dousing flames in brisk temperatures.

The pole barn, owned by Flip Harrington was fully engulfed when crews arrived around 10 a.m., according to Harrington's daughter Jill Leworthy who lives next door.

"Dad and Ellen, (Harrington's longtime companion) had just come in and I made coffee and we were chatting," Leworthy said. "I looked out the window and saw the smoke."

Leworthy said Harrington and her husband took off for the barn and she called 911.

"By the time they got to the barn it was fully engulfed," she said.

The home on the property is owned by Harrington's sister, Sara. Sara was home at the time but said she had no idea the barn was on fire until she saw her brother run by the house.

Leworthy said Harrington stored mostly machinery in the barn, including a bailer and couple of antique tractors that belonged to her grandfather. He was going to puttering around with them after he retired, she said.

Harrington operated a dairy farm, which was the family homestead. It was one of the oldest working farms on the road until several years ago. He continued to bail hay in the summer and used the bailer that was in the barn.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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