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Sunday blaze damages garage, barn; sends 4 to area hospitals

A large plume of black smoke from a burning garage and nearby daily barn brought out onlookers and slowed traffic on Hwy. 10, about six miles east of Prescott, mid-afternoon Sunday.

PRESCOTT -- Four people were transported to area hospitals from a fire scene between Prescott and Ellsworth Sunday while firefighters from two departments worked to snuff flames that heavily damaged a garage and an nearby vacant dairy barn at a Hwy. 10 farmstead.

Fire broke out in a two-story garage on a farmstead about 3:30 p.m.. The farm is located on the south side of Hwy. 10, at the crest of a hill, about a mile west of the Valley Bar in the town of Oak Grove. Flames quickly spread to an adjacent single-story dairy barn, which was unoccupied and scorched the side of the nearby farm house, said Bill Dravis, chief of Prescott Fire and EMS.

The farm is owned by David J. Beskar of Goodyear, Ariz., and the house was occupied by renters, Dravis said.

The chief offered his appreciation to the three Pierce County sheriff's deputies who controlled the fairly heavy Sunday afternoon traffic through the area.

Fire crews had been at the scene for more than an hour when ambulances from Prescott and Ellsworth were summoned to transport four bystanders who may have suffered smoke inhalation.

The names of the victims weren't available but Dravis indicated he didn't think any were seriously injured.

Dravis said Prescott firefighters cleared the scene around 5:30 p.m., but were called back about midnight when some old hay in barn rekindled. They were recalled again late Monday morning when someone reported another area smoldering.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and a damage estimate hadn't been tallied.

The entire area remains under a burning ban due to the dry conditions.

See this week's print edition of the Pierce County Herald for more details.