The old sale barn in Welch, which was built in 1957, was heavily damaged by fire early Thursday morning.
Brandon Webster, Welch Fire Department chief, said they got the call at 4 a.m. that the old sale barn in the 200 block of North Washington in Welch was on fire.
“It was fully involved when we arrived, so we tried to keep the fire away from a portion of the barn that wasn't destroyed by the fire and from spreading to a residence on the north of the sale barn,” he said.
Webster was pleased that the 25 firefighters from four area communities were able to keep the fire from spreading.
He said 12 firemen responded from Welch, four from Centralia, four from Chetopa, Kan., and five from Bluejacket.
The firefighters had the fire under control by 7:45 a.m., at which time the other communities firefighters were released. The Welch firefighters babysat the fire to try to keep knocking down hot spots and get it extinguished.
No firefighters were injured in the Thursday morning fire, he said.
Webster said the Oklahoma Fire Marshal is currently investigating to see if he can determine the cause of the fire.
The old sale barn was in the remodeling process, Webster said, to turn it into an equine sales barn. They were also putting a cafe in where the old sales rink was.