CLAYSBURG - A Monday night fire that destroyed a Greenfield Township barn appears to have been suspicious, police said Tuesday.
The fire, which nearly leveled a barn near Ski Gap Road, drew dozens of firefighters from three counties while witnesses posted photographs of the blaze online. Little remains of the structure, police said.
"There are some suspicious circumstances," Greenfield Township police patrolman Andrew Campbell said.
Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich
A fire destroyed a Greenfield Township barn Monday night and drew about 80 emergency responders.
A state police fire investigator tried to survey the scene to determine a cause Tuesday, Campbell said, but dangerous debris forced him to withdraw until later this week.
"He was afraid that the few beams left would fall down on him," Campbell said.
Once workers remove the last of the beams, he said, the investigator will return to seek evidence of the fire's origin.
Area firefighters didn't return calls seeking information on the blaze, which occupied dispatchers' attention for much of Monday night. Firefighters at the scene called repeatedly for backup water tankers from as far as Cambria and Bedford counties.
American Red Cross workers provided supplies for the roughly 80 emergency responders at the scene, representatives said in a news release.
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