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Fire causes more than $400,000 damage to barn near North Aurora

Firefighters work to put out a fire through the roof of a barn on Butterfield Road in North Aurora on Monday.
Firefighters work to put out a fire through the roof of a barn on Butterfield Road in North Aurora on Monday.

BATAVIA TOWNSHIP – A fire on Monday morning caused more than $400,000 in damage to a barn at Stokes Excavating at 35W160 Butterfield Road in unincorporated Batavia.

Batavia firefighters estimated the fire caused $285,000 in damage to the barn and its contents, and $125,000 in damage to a vehicle in the barn at the time.

Batavia and North Aurora firefighters responded to the blaze along with other area fire departments, including Aurora, Geneva and Fermilab.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 10:29 a.m., and had the fire under control by 12:30 p.m. The fire forced the closure of Butterfield Road between Hart/Mitchell Road and Pinecreek Drive in North Aurora.

North Aurora Fire Chief Steve Miller said firefighters first responded to a tractor on fire in the barn.

The fire then extended into a second floor loft and attic.

“They were doing maintenance on it,” Miller said. “They were using a torch to heat a bolt, and that caused the fire.”

Miller said high winds and the layout of the barn caused difficulties in trying to put out the fire.

“There were four different levels to the barn,” Miller said. “We ended up tearing off the roof so we could get at it. The fire was in so many hidden voids.”

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