History burns in fire at OC farm, art gallery

The owner of Jones Farm in Cornwall is thankful that a barn that caught fire Tuesday was not completely destroyed, but is lamenting the loss of some historic photos and artwork that burned in the blaze.

Owner Jim Clearwater says that people rarely realize how violent fire can be until they've experienced it, something he did Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at the historic tourist site.

Cornwall Fire Chief Patrick Hines says that some 60 volunteer firefighters used 7,500 gallons of water to eventually save the 100-year-old barn, but that the works contained inside were not quite as lucky.

Investigators believe that an electric problem in a boiler room could be to blame. While the gallery will likely have to be rebuilt, Clearwater says that the farm will remain open.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."