MENTZ — Ten Cayuga County-area fire departments were called to a barn fire in the town of Mentz Saturday.

A barn at 9152 Oneil Road was reported to have smoke coming out of it just before 2 p.m.

Smoke could soon be seen from several miles away, and the Port Byron Fire Department initially called for help from Weedsport, Throop and Aurelius. Within 30 minutes, county emergency dispatchers had additionally called Sennett, Conquest, Jordan, Montezuma, Victory and Savannah fire departments to send tanker trucks to the scene.

Firefighters were reportedly implementing "exterior operations only," an indication that the barn was not safe for firefighters to enter. The bulk of the fire was said to have been knocked down at about 2:50 p.m.

The Port Byron department led the operation. Tankers with water and vats of waters were frequently used to spray the down the scene. Several times, the amount of smoke emanating from the remains of the barn would lessen, only for dark plumes of smoke to eventually be generated again. Neighbors could be seen walking across a nearby yard, talking to each other. 

The part of the road closest to the scene was covered with water from the tankers. Personnel from the rehab unit of the Cayuga County Emergency Services later came to the scene. Ambulances were at the scene but remained stationary once they arrived. 

There was no livestock in the barn, and no one was reported to have been injured. The cause of the fire was unknown Saturday night.

Staff writer Kelly Rocheleau can be reached at (315) 282-2243 or kelly.rocheleau@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @KellyRocheleau.

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