Family safe after barn destroyed in fire

Posted at 9:38 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-17 23:38:59-05

Early Thursday morning fire crews battled a large barn fire in Parma near highway 95.

Agencies from as far away as Eagle and Nampa were on scene to help put out the blaze. Parma Fire Chief James Cook said someone driving by on Hwy. 95 saw the flames and called 911. The barn was empty when the fire started. The family that lives in the home next to the barn was asleep. Fire crews were able to wake them up and get them out of the house safely. 

The barn is part of a goat dairy facility the family operates. The building is a complete loss, but crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to the family's home or any other building. 

"The problem with this fire, you see we had a lot of units here, limited access really narrow roads so we were pumping water about 1500 to 2000 feet so we had several water tinders from as far out as Plymouth," Cook said.

Nobody was hurt in the fire, and so far firefighters haven't figured out what started the flames.