Converted granary destroyed by fire

Newly-elected Owensville Fire Department Chief Scott Stranghoener videotapes the aftermath (right) of a structure fire Thursday afternoon off Loeb Road west of Owensville which destroyed a converted granary used as a residence on the Vicky and Kevin Huebner farm. An electric fence charger in the workshop room Stranghoener was recording was cited as a probable cause for the fire reported at 4:52 p.m. which also involved firemen responding from the Bland and Belle departments. The first firemen from Owensville arrived to find heavy, black smoke billowing out of the structure which had an upstairs living quarters added onto it over the years. Huebner’s son, Zach Morris, had been living in the  dwelling and joked half-heartedly afterward he guessed he “needed to buy new clothes anyway.” The family’s rooster, “Cracker,” wanders around as firemen from the three departments conduct overhaul operations in a section of the  structure near where he roosted. The structure was destroyed. Morris said three bottle-fed goats he acquired for his girlfriend did not survive the fire. They had been penned up under a lean-to section near at the rear of the barn. Huebner said her  children and their friends enjoyed social gatherings for years in the building.