Day after inferno, barn's charred remains still smoldering

Some 100 firefighters battled fast-moving inferno

OLEY TWP., Pa. - Plumes of smoke continued to rise from the ashes of a barn in Berks County on Tuesday, a day after it was consumed by the flames of a fast-moving fire.

Crews using construction equipment were sifting through the smoldering ashes in the 2000 block of Memorial Highway (Route 662) in Oley Township, as a pair of surviving silos towered overhead.

Those cinder-block silos acted as large smokestacks as the barn went up in flames around 4 p.m. Monday, sending a cloud of thick, black smoke high into the air above the surrounding farmland. 

Unfortunately, the firefighters could do nothing to save the barn or a nearby car, but their efforts did prevent several neighboring structures from going up in flames.

No one was injured, and there was reportedly nothing of value inside the barn.

A state police fire marshal is working to determine what sparked the blaze.

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