Historic Montcalm County barn destroy...

Historic Montcalm County barn destroyed by fire

There are 26 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Apr 23, 2008, titled Historic Montcalm County barn destroyed by fire. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

It took just hours for flames to destroy a Montcalm County barn that had stood for more than 130 years.

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Coleman, MI

#1 Apr 23, 2008
pictuers don't show how bad it is going by it this afternoon when i got out of school it was still smoking really bad and by the way the story is worng it happen tuesday night not wednesday
Ensley Township Resident

Greenville, MI

#2 Apr 23, 2008
I saw that fire last night, and it was huge. It seems a bit peculiar to me that only a few years ago, the house on the same property burned down in the middles of the night when nobody was home. And just this past week, the 2 Steel silos were torn down to be sold for scrap, and the next day after all of the scrap from the silos was removed, the barn catches on fire and burns to the ground. Now today I drove by and while the barn is still hot and smoldering, they are pulling steel out of the hot rubble to be scrapped for more cash. It just seems very fishy to me.

Living close by in Ensley Township.

“Police Assault! ”

Since: Mar 08

Edmond, OK

#3 Apr 23, 2008
This is such a shame both families, that of the barn owner and of the arsonist.

It was a great looking barn too! Hopefully it was insured, but an insurance will replace that. Iím sorry I canít be there to help clean up.
Ensley resident

Stanton, MI

#4 Apr 23, 2008
Yes, the glow in the sky was huge from miles away. It was a historical barn, being built in the mid 1800's and being the Ensley barn, founder of Ensley township in Newaygo county. It was a neat barn with all the intricate designs.. quite fancy for a barn. It was the halfway house between GR and BR. Stagecoach stop, post office, hotel, and huge farm of Ben Ensley.
Regarding the poster above, I cannot disagree. The barn, sadly, had fallen in greater disrepair with the metal roof starting to come off in recent winds. It was also no longer used, and as far as anyone knows there were no plans to restore it.
Dont get it

Amelia Court House, VA

#7 Apr 24, 2008
Yesterday they said that the sheriff picked up the juvenile girl who told the sheriff that she had stomped out a grass fire earlier. So now to day they say it's arson. The owner of the barn said that he wouldn't be mad if the fire was an accident.
I would think that arson would mean that she set it intentionally, but there are no more details to support that. How and why did the fire get set?
slg

Stanton, MI

#8 Apr 24, 2008
Ensley Township Resident wrote:
I saw that fire last night, and it was huge. It seems a bit peculiar to me that only a few years ago, the house on the same property burned down in the middles of the night when nobody was home. And just this past week, the 2 Steel silos were torn down to be sold for scrap, and the next day after all of the scrap from the silos was removed, the barn catches on fire and burns to the ground. Now today I drove by and while the barn is still hot and smoldering, they are pulling steel out of the hot rubble to be scrapped for more cash. It just seems very fishy to me.
Living close by in Ensley Township.
Even when they are now reporting that the owner was going to start a restoration on it this coming weekend? Sounds like they were clearing the silos and scrap out so they could start the renovations.
slg

Stanton, MI

#9 Apr 24, 2008
Ensley resident wrote:
Yes, the glow in the sky was huge from miles away. It was a historical barn, being built in the mid 1800's and being the Ensley barn, founder of Ensley township in Newaygo county. It was a neat barn with all the intricate designs.. quite fancy for a barn. It was the halfway house between GR and BR. Stagecoach stop, post office, hotel, and huge farm of Ben Ensley.
Regarding the poster above, I cannot disagree. The barn, sadly, had fallen in greater disrepair with the metal roof starting to come off in recent winds. It was also no longer used, and as far as anyone knows there were no plans to restore it.
There ARE reports that it was going to get restored. Check out thedailynews.cc
Ensley Township Resident

Greenville, MI

#10 Apr 24, 2008
slg wrote:
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Even when they are now reporting that the owner was going to start a restoration on it this coming weekend? Sounds like they were clearing the silos and scrap out so they could start the renovations.
I was just pointing out the facts. Nobody in this community that I have spoken with has heard of an restoration project.
Ensley Township Resident

Greenville, MI

#11 Apr 24, 2008
slg wrote:
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There ARE reports that it was going to get restored. Check out thedailynews.cc
Please post the exact link to those reports. Nobody that I have spoken with in this community has heard about any restoration project on that barn.
Ensley resident

Stanton, MI

#12 Apr 24, 2008
The man who owns it has owned it since 2000. Owner, for supposedly planning to restore it sure didnt seem to ticked off about it. I know darn well that I would be pretty hopping mad if someone had a fire get out of control or set one intentionally and I lost my barn. But maybe thats just the owner. I know the Ensley hisorical society had done some documentation a year ago and I heard they had not heard of any restoration plans either.
slg

Stanton, MI

#13 Apr 24, 2008
Ensley Township Resident wrote:
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Please post the exact link to those reports. Nobody that I have spoken with in this community has heard about any restoration project on that barn.
I posted the link. thedailynews.cc .. go there and read the article. Or here, if you can't figure that out.. http://thedailynews.cc/main.asp...

"PIERSON TOWNSHIP - Joe Williams had planned a major restoration project for his 135-year-old barn this weekend."

It's his business, why would it be public knowledge what he was going to do with his property?

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Since: Mar 08

Edmond, OK

#14 Apr 24, 2008
MustangDan2112 wrote:
This is such a shame both families, that of the barn owner and of the arsonist.
It was a great looking barn too! Hopefully it was insured, but an insurance will replace that. Iím sorry I canít be there to help clean up.
Oops! I meant to say ďinsurance will NOT replace thatĒ. It was a very unique structure.
Ensley Township Resident

Greenville, MI

#15 Apr 24, 2008
slg wrote:
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I posted the link. thedailynews.cc .. go there and read the article. Or here, if you can't figure that out.. http://thedailynews.cc/main.asp...
"PIERSON TOWNSHIP - Joe Williams had planned a major restoration project for his 135-year-old barn this weekend."
It's his business, why would it be public knowledge what he was going to do with his property?
That was printed after the fire happened.

Cmon do the math on this.
slg

Stanton, MI

#16 Apr 24, 2008
Ensley Township Resident wrote:
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That was printed after the fire happened.
Cmon do the math on this.
I do not know what your problem is, but you're acting all CSI on this issue. I was just simply stating what was in the news. I have no further desire to speak to you about this, so keep digging up false ideas or just go to the owner and ask him point blank. It's obvious what you're jumping at. The guy had NO insurance on the place, so you're making it more than what it is. Have fun with that.. personally I have a life to live and not try to create things that are not true. Don't bother responding, I have better things than to read it.
Ensley Township Resident

Greenville, MI

#17 Apr 24, 2008
slg wrote:
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I do not know what your problem is, but you're acting all CSI on this issue. I was just simply stating what was in the news. I have no further desire to speak to you about this, so keep digging up false ideas or just go to the owner and ask him point blank. It's obvious what you're jumping at. The guy had NO insurance on the place, so you're making it more than what it is. Have fun with that.. personally I have a life to live and not try to create things that are not true. Don't bother responding, I have better things than to read it.
But you did read it.
Pierson Township Resident

United States

#18 Apr 24, 2008
It is all a bit amusing to read the comments on here! I think we are in 5th grade again! It was a beautiful barn, it burned down, it is a shame. No need to get upset about who did what and who has what intentions. What business is it of ours anyway? We should be supporting Joe Williams with our physical help and our prayers, and we shouldn't be turning it into an episode of CSI (that was funny to me)It was a barn fire, thats it. I'm sure this is a very hard time for him.
Ashley Robinson

Montague, MI

#19 May 11, 2008
My Dad rented that barn from joe.
my assistant principal.
we had a few things in that barn.
i know the girl that set it to fire.
lets just say she know's to stay away from me.
Ashley Robinson

Montague, MI

#20 May 11, 2008
Ensley Township Resident wrote:
I saw that fire last night, and it was huge. It seems a bit peculiar to me that only a few years ago, the house on the same property burned down in the middles of the night when nobody was home. And just this past week, the 2 Steel silos were torn down to be sold for scrap, and the next day after all of the scrap from the silos was removed, the barn catches on fire and burns to the ground. Now today I drove by and while the barn is still hot and smoldering, they are pulling steel out of the hot rubble to be scrapped for more cash. It just seems very fishy to me.
Living close by in Ensley Township.
my brother and cousin are the one's who are taking the scrap.
and the denton's are the one's who are BUYING the silo's from mr.williams.
nothing too fishy there. my dad is the one who rented the barn from joe.
Ashley Robinson

Montague, MI

#21 May 11, 2008
Dont get it wrote:
Yesterday they said that the sheriff picked up the juvenile girl who told the sheriff that she had stomped out a grass fire earlier. So now to day they say it's arson. The owner of the barn said that he wouldn't be mad if the fire was an accident.
I would think that arson would mean that she set it intentionally, but there are no more details to support that. How and why did the fire get set?
The girl was inside the barn smoking a cigarrette[sp] and then she found a liter. so she set the leaves on fire. she told me that it spread so fast that she couldn't stomp it out.
my dad rented the barn from joe. the girl goes to my school. she doesn't come by me anymore.
Ashley Robinson

Montague, MI

#22 May 11, 2008
Ensley resident wrote:
The man who owns it has owned it since 2000. Owner, for supposedly planning to restore it sure didnt seem to ticked off about it. I know darn well that I would be pretty hopping mad if someone had a fire get out of control or set one intentionally and I lost my barn. But maybe thats just the owner. I know the Ensley hisorical society had done some documentation a year ago and I heard they had not heard of any restoration plans either.
mr.williams never really used the barn and he didn't have that much stuff in it. there was really nothing to get too upset about.

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