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19th Century Plymouth 'barn sale' building damaged by fire
Posted On: Jun 26, 2018
This barn behind a house on Forest Avenue in the city of Plymouth was heavily damage by a Friday evening fire, which remains under investigation.
Stephen Ribar is intent on repairing the 19th century Plymouth barn that was heavily damaged by fire Friday evening.
"I want to restore that, because I've been the keeper of that barn since 1975," said Ribar, who lives with wife Pat on Forest Avenue in a house in front of the barn. The barn is insured, he said.
The cause of the blaze at the two-story barn was under investigation Monday, but Chief Stephen Ott of the Northville City Fire Department, which also serves Plymouth, said it was not considered suspicious in origin.
The building, which Ribar said dates from shortly after the Civil War, is best known for the "barn sales" of restored furniture, antiques and vintage items that Stephen and Pat Ribar periodically host there.
"There was so much stuff stacked in there, a lot of Plymouth memorabilia," Ribar said.
Those items helped fuel the fire, which apparently broke out in the building's southeast corner and spread to the second floor, Ott said.
The fire was reported shortly before 9 p.m. Friday and, with a fire crew already at nearby Kellogg Park for a Friday evening concert, "they were able to get there pretty quickly" and knock back the blaze, Ott said.
The fire did not spread to any of the neighboring houses, the chief said.
In addition to crews from his department's Northville and Plymouth stations, Ott said, firefighters from Plymouth Township also responded under mutual aid, while paramedics from Huron Valley Ambulance stood by in case medical assistance was needed.
In all, about 25 firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, Ott said.
"It was a hot night, so we had to make sure we were rotating our crews and keeping them fresh and hydrated," he said. Firefighters were at the scene until about 1 a.m., he said.
There were unconfirmed reports that two fire hydrants in the area weren't supplying water, but the chief said he had no information on that.
A Plymouth Township firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at a local hospital and released, township Chief Dan Phillips said.
Ribar said the smoke was thick when he poked his head momentarily into the barn. "You couldn't see a foot in front of your face," he said.
Ribar said his wife had smelled smoke after they returned from dining out Friday, but couldn't see a fire. An acquaintance, he said, later alerted them to it and a neighbor called the fire department.
He said he's thankful for the firefighters and police officers who responded. "They were great, they were all super," he said.
Ribar is uncertain if any of the items stored in the barn can be salvaged. His wife told him she wants to look at every piece, he said.
"We can't tell," he said. "We can't get in there and we don't know what that smoke and water are doing."
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