Fire destroys barn at popular Abbotsford tourist destination

Aug 24 2017, 5:14 am

A barn that caught fire at a popular tourist attraction in Abbotsford this morning has been deemed “a total loss” by the Abbotsford Fire and Rescue Services (AFRS.)

At 7:12 am, AFRS responded to a report of a barn fire at 280 McCallum Road – the location of Willow View Farms.

Upon their arrival, AFRS crews found a 60’x 60’ structure completely up in flames.

“Fire crews initially focused on keeping the fire from spreading to adjacent structures and once additional resources arrived we were able to bring the fire under control,” AFRS Assistant Chief Ron Hull told Daily Hive.

Hull added the main building was a total loss and all adjacent structures were saved.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire and no animals on the property were affected, he added.

A total of 10 units and approximately 35 firefighters responded to the blaze.

Hull said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, bit that AFRS fire investigators are on scene.

‘The show will go on’

In a Facebook post, Willow Farms called the fire “devastating,” but vowed “the show will go on.”

“Our house is still standing and our family is safe,” the post reads. “We are beyond grateful for that and are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from our friends, family and this beautiful community we live in.”

Willow View said they would re-open to the public “as soon as it is safe,” but added they are unsure when that will be.

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