Crews battle large barn fire

Crews battle large barn fire

There are 15 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Apr 22, 2008, titled Crews battle large barn fire. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Fire crews responded Tuesday night to a huge fire in Montcalm County. It happened around 10:00pm at Barn on Kendaville and West County Line Road.

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She Devil

Mount Pleasant, MI

#1 Apr 22, 2008
Is this the big old barn on the SE corner of Newcosta and Kendaville?
Doug Verduin

Howard City, MI

#2 Apr 23, 2008
I am the chairman of the Ensley Historical Society. This barn was the big red barn of Ben Ensley. This barn had in it at one time a hotel, store, post office, tavern, and a stage stop.
The barn was built around 1873
Julie

Montague, MI

#3 Apr 23, 2008
My Uncle lives on East Kendaville road in Howard City. All I could think of it was his barn and that he lost all of his hay. But then I heard it was West, still it is very sad hear anyone lose their barn.
Anonymous

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Apr 23, 2008
I live near this area and I beleive there is something wrong with this. All week there has been people removing any metal (2 silo's) and taking them off the premesis. No later then one day after it was finished the building went up in flames. I beleive there is more to this then just a grass fire.
Pam

Mitchell, SD

#5 Apr 23, 2008
It a shame a piece of Americana is gone forever. Fortunately no one was hurt and no animals were lost.
Courtney

Big Rapids, MI

#6 Apr 23, 2008
This was my best friends barn. Along with Tri County High Schools assistant principal
Clare

Battle Creek, MI

#7 Apr 23, 2008
Yes it was the barn on the SE corner. I live about 1/2 mile from there and you could hear the popping and crackling from the fire at my home. It was an incredible site but such a loss. I had just walked down that way earlier in the evening and was noticing some of the damage from the winter. It is a shame. I loved the look of that ol' barn.

Since: Oct 07

out in the sticks

#13 Apr 23, 2008
Wow! It is the barn that I thought it was. What a shame to lose such a piece of history. It was a really neat barn to see, especially with all of the scrolling at the peaks. I knew it had to be some fancy farmer that owned it at one time, but didn't realize the history behind it.

How sad. The landscape at that corner will never be the same.

Doug, you did a fabulous job on the history pages and the pictures. Really neat stuff! What a devastating loss of the community history.

Since: Oct 07

out in the sticks

#14 Apr 23, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
I live near this area and I beleive there is something wrong with this. All week there has been people removing any metal (2 silo's) and taking them off the premesis. No later then one day after it was finished the building went up in flames. I beleive there is more to this then just a grass fire.
Have you notified the authorities?
good grief

Stanton, MI

#15 Apr 23, 2008
Doug Verduin wrote:
I am the chairman of the Ensley Historical Society. This barn was the big red barn of Ben Ensley. This barn had in it at one time a hotel, store, post office, tavern, and a stage stop.
The barn was built around 1873
Doug, is this it? http://www.ensleytownship.org/benensley2.htm

I've been reading through this history and it's very interesting!
School House

United States

#17 Apr 23, 2008
I live in an old school house in the area.
This is very SAD. There is alot of history there. If you would go and see where Ben rests, it resumbles the barn.
It is very sad to see it goes. I'm going to miss it.
Rocky

AOL

#18 Apr 24, 2008
I was planning on having a family picture taken with the barn for our background this summer. It is just ashame.
slg

Stanton, MI

#19 Apr 24, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
I live near this area and I beleive there is something wrong with this. All week there has been people removing any metal (2 silo's) and taking them off the premesis. No later then one day after it was finished the building went up in flames. I beleive there is more to this then just a grass fire.
They are saying that the owner was planning a restoration project there this coming weekend, so perhaps the reason for the silo's moving were because of this.
Ensley resident

Stanton, MI

#20 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. Sure seems odd you would be dragging metal out the day after the fire, when it is still smoldering.
Ensley resident

Stanton, MI

#21 Apr 24, 2008
Those harvestore silos were not near the main red barn. At least some 30 feet away. It is sad that it was not kept in better shape by the owner currently nor the owner prior to him, knowing the historical value. However the fire started, whoever responsible, I sure hope it is found out.

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