Grass fire razes barn on Tyler Road near Merced

Published: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Cal Fire responded to a grass fire Thursday at 11:31 a.m. near Merced.

The blaze was reported on a property at 329 Tyler Road, according to Capt. Jeremy Rahn.

The fire burned a quarter acre of vegetation, and destroyed a 20-foot-by-20-foot barn, Rahn said.

Firefighters contained the blaze by 11:43 a.m.

Rahn said the cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

A number of farm animals, such as sheep and cattle, were nearby but were unharmed. Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to other structures.

Because of a canal that runs in front of the property, firefighters had to run fire hoses from the street, Rahn said.

Ten firefighters, a battalion chief, three engines and a water tender responded to the scene.

Rahn said the monetary value of the damage has not been determined.

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