UPDATE: Fire at Old McDonald Farm in Sale Creek
UPDATE: The Old McDonald Farm in Sale Creek will be closed due to a barn fire on the property Sunday morning
A thick cloud of smoke lingers over Old McDonald's Farm in Sale Creek. Farm crews and neighbors stands around in disbelief after flames destroy the main hub of this 1821 farming staple in the community.
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“It is not just a barn, it is the headquarters where everything we do whether it is the farming part, fall festival part. It is the part our staging area is, a lot of supplies, and a lot of the equipment is in there,” said Brant Crowder the farm manager.
Around 7:30 Sunday morning calls came in for a fire at the farm. Multiple agencies including the Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call. Although farm owners are thankful no one or no animals were hurt this fire comes during the peak fall season.
“Today would probably have been our first big day because the weather has been so bad the last couple weeks. This was going to be the first of big attendances and obviously not going to be that now.”
Weekends in October farmers step away from their daily chores to help educate our community about life on a farm. From navigating a corn maze to visiting a pumpkin patch to taking a hayride.
“It is something we kind of do to give back, teaching people about agriculture and farming and that kind of thing. We will come back from it, but it's going to be tough.”
And after the smoke settles and emergency crews clear out the only request from Old Mcdonald's Farm…
“Just come and see us next weekend. And I am sorry that everyone who planned on coming today couldn't come and sorry to those two birthdays got messed up as well.”
The owners plan to have business up and running next weekend. The cause of the fire is undetermined and will be under investigation by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
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People driving in the area began calling 911 around 7:30 a.m. when they saw smoke coming from the Coulterville Road area. Fire trucks from the Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department hurried to the Old McDonald Farm. When the first truck arrived on the scene, they reported a barn fully involved with fire. The firefighters knew they did not have enough water or manpower so they asked for help from the nearby Rhea County Fire Department.
The first step was to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings on the farm. Farming equipment was destroyed in the barn but fortunately, no animals were inside. Everything inside the barn is a total loss.
Hamilton County EMS sent crews to the scene just in case firefighters were hurt while doing their job.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire has not been released. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will initially lead that investigation.
Founded in 1821, the McDonald Farm in Sale Creek is one of Tennessee’s oldest family farms. It now operates as a local attraction full of activities especially in the fall. It features corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo, and more.