GIFFORD – Gifford firefighters put out a fire at an old barn Saturday night that its owner wanted to tear down anyway.
But Gifford Fire Chief Rich McFadden said they did so because there was a nearby liquid propane tank on Jeff Flessner's property.
McFadden said about 6:50 p.m. Flessner was burning debris that he was taking out of his old barn on his property at 2787 County Road 2100 E, about two miles south and west of Gifford.
"He had a controlled burn next to an old shed and then it got out of control. He had a garden hose out there but it wasn't going to take care of it once the wind picked up," McFadden said. "There was a propane tank that was five feet east of the building on fire."
McFadden said firefighters kept the fire contained to the part of the building farther away from the tank and got it out before it became a more serious threat.
Rantoul and Thomasboro firefighters assisted Gifford by hauling water to the fire. McFadden said they used Rantoul's water and were on the scene about 90 minutes.
McFadden said there was nothing in the barn, which he estimated to be 80 years old.