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Afton : Historic Barn @ am Fog Goes Up In Flames Sunday Afternoon : 3.29.09 : Updated

©2009 NCL Magazine : Photo By Tommy Stafford : Close friend and co-owner of Blue Mountain Brewery, Mandi Smack, holds Olivia Harris while her parents Ken and Yvonne deal with Sunday's fire. [1]

©2009 NCL Magazine : Photo By Tommy Stafford : Close friend and co-owner of Blue Mountain Brewery, Mandi Smack, holds Olivia Harris while her parents Ken and Yvonne deal with Sunday's fire.

Afton, Virginia
Albemarle/Nelson County Line

It’s been one heck of a month for Ken and Yvonne Harris at amFOG up in Afton. As we first told you earlier today, [2] they lost the huge barn on their orchard and greenhouse property. Just a couple of weeks ago they battled a huge blaze [3] that burned up a lot of acreage but thankfully, spared the buildings. Ken and Yvonne aren’t just clients of ours, they are friends, and this is a huge loss, folks. The barn served as storage for lots of material used on the farm in the orchard and greenhouse operations.

The historic barn on fire as viewed from Route 151 just minutes after fire crews arrived on the scene. [4]

The historic barn on fire as viewed from Route 151 just minutes after fire crews arrived on the scene.

Fire departments from all over the area responded to the blaze that was fanned by gusty southwesterly winds as high as 30 miles per hour at times.

Crews from Crozet and Wintergreen work to dump water into a temporary basin to fight the fire. [5]

Crews from Crozet and Wintergreen work to dump water into a temporary basin to fight the fire.

Ken and Yvonne bought the operation over 5 years ago and have spent the better part of that time renovating the very popular business right on the Nelson-Albemarle County Line. Just a year ago they built a new farm market just off of Route 151. They have raised both son Jay and daughter Olivia since their move here.

The picture says it all. The second floor and loft of the barn collapses as the fire burns. [6]

The picture says it all. The second floor and loft of the barn collapses as the fire burns.

Yvonne tells us she is not sure how the fire in the old barn started, but did say they thankfully have some insurance on the structure. How much it covered remains to be seen.

A nearby greenhouse was damaged but not totally destroyed. People were pitching in to help save what they could. [7]

A nearby greenhouse was damaged but not totally destroyed. People were pitching in to help save what they could.

They also tell us in spite of the fire Sunday they will be open this week. “Maybe not Monday, but certainly in a day or two. The farm market is intact, and most of the spring operations can continue,” Yvonne said.