grass fire

A wind-swept grass fire ignited the Antiques at the Barn store in Lancaster Tuesday afternoon.

LANCASTER ­—­ The Antiques at the Barn store at Avenue I and 70th Street West was destroyed Tuesday afternoon after it was engulfed in flames when a nearby grass fire spread amid 20 mph winds.

The initial report was a tumbleweed on fire about 3:22 p.m. The flames spread to nearby grass and trees. By the time fire crews arrived about 10 minutes later, the one-story building was fully involved.

“We have 20 mph winds out of the north complicating things,” fire specialist Brian Stevens said.

Crews were not immedi-ately able to search the property as the fire burned. The building’s roof collapsed about one hour into the fire.

“We did release our copter because it appears we don’t have any issue,” Stevens said.

A fire department inspector said 41 pieces of apparatus, including helicopters and bulldozers, were sent to the scene to battle both the grass fire and the commercial structure blaze.

Crews contended with water supply issues and were forced to battle the flames from outside the structure.

The fire was knocked down about 5:35 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

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