There were some scary moments Monday night for firefighters battling a barn fire, just west of Strathroy.
Emergency crews were called to a property on Pike Road, between Mullifarry Drive and Napperton Drive, at around 9p.m.
“When we arrived there, it was a fully involved barn fire, so we started doing an exterior attack because it was not safe to go inside, and then shortly after that there was an explosion inside,” said Adelaide Metcalfe Fire Chief Arend Noordhof.
The blast was caused by an oxygen tank that had exploded.
“Fortunately it stayed inside the building, but we had some scary moments because of that, and we just kept attacking the fire after that,” Noordhof said. “By 1 o’clock in the morning, we had the fire out.”
Noordhof said a concrete wall helped keep the tank inside the barn.
It was so powerful, though, some Strathroy residents claimed to have heard or felt the explosion.
It took firefighters four hours to extinguish the blaze, which has not been deemed suspicious but the cause remains under investigation.
An official damage estimate has not been released.