The loss of much of the next generation of the Hermes Dairy Farm's herd and the loss of 150 pigs in a barn fire near Green Springs are symptoms of what the state fire marshal's office is calling a growing problem in Ohio.
But it's more than a building that goes up. It's the underpinning for a local economy. Say what you want about manufacturing, tech and tourism; enough of the local economy is agricultural that it makes a difference when a barn is lost.
Which makes the prevention and fighting of such fires more than a passing concern.
Here's another way the regionalism we push so insistently can come into play.
Absent a steady and sufficient source of water to fight a fire, firefighters have to take their water with them to a barn fire. Local fire departments have their tanker trucks, of course, and there are the "portable ponds" which can be set up to hold enough water to keep the pressure on a fire, but it seems there isn't always enough. Conversely, though, barn fires don't happen often enough to make it cost effective for each rural department to