Fire claims outbuildings on Mottsville ranch |

Fire claims outbuildings on Mottsville ranch

Horses flee a burning outbuilding on a Mottsville Lane ranch on Friday morning.
Kurt Hildebrand

An above-ground fuel tank exploded as the result of an outbuilding fire on a Mottsville Lane ranch on Friday morning.

Multiple calls reported a plume of smoke rising south of the road at 8:35 a.m. Commuters stopped along Mottsville to watch the fire.

East Fork firefighters arrived to find multiple outbuildings ablaze and a big plume of black smoke rising from the Heise property.

“The fire involved a small barn and other smaller out buildings and several pieces of farm equipment,” East Fork Chief Tod Carlini said. “First arriving units concentrated on structure protection and suppression of the primary involved structure.”

Horses ran in fear around the property while firefighters tried to extinguish the fire.

Carlini said it took about 15 minutes for firefighters to suppress the fire. It was declared under control at about 9:10 a.m.

Firefighters reported they would be conducting mop-up at the scene for about four hours.

Three engines, three water tenders, a squad, two ALS rescues and three command officers responded with 25 personnel.

According to the Douglas County Assessor’s website, the home was built in 1914. There were also five sheds, a hay barn, hot house and a 350-gallon fuel tank which date back to 1930.

The fire originated near where a tractor was plugged in. The official cause of the fire is under investigation, Carlini said.