Update: Sept. 5 at 1:45 p.m.

Multiple agencies respond to barn fire in Gibson Twp.


GIBSON TWP. — Multiple fire departments from Bay and Arenac counties responded to a fire that consumed a barn at Twin Dairy farm in Sterling.

The farm is owned and operated by Don Bartlett and his sons Jeff and Brian.

Gibson Fire Department Chief Roy Stagray said he wasn’t sure the time the call went out. However, at 10:20 p.m. the fire crews had extinguished the majority of the fire, which was in a hay barn.

According to Don Bartlett’s daughter, Brooke McGuire, more than 500 bales of hay was consumed in the fire. The hay was put up to feed the farm’s 200 dairy cows through the winter months.

McGuire said when the fire broke out, they were able to get the cows out of the barn and move them to the back pasture to keep them safe.

Fire crews continued to dump water on the fire as an area business used an excavator to spread out the hay to prevent the fire from rekindling.

No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Gibson was supported by fire departments from Standish, Omer, Sterling, Mt. Forest, Pinconning and Garfield townships.


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