Giant claw used for barn fire that killed animals in Perrysburg

PERRYSBURG — A new tool was used in the fighting of the fire Tuesday at Pam Addy’s Fantasy Acres Farm,
13830 Roachton Road.
Middleton Township Fire Chief Steve Asmus said the area was a complete loss. While the fire rekindled
Wednesday morning it was quickly put out.
The cause of the barn fire, which resulted in the deaths of four horses, a donkey, several quail and
chickens, is still under investigation.
One of the several departments that responded to mutual aid was Perrysburg Township Fire Department. The
maintenance department supplied a grappling tool that cut the time of fighting the fire, Asmus said.
“The only hang-up was when a baling hook went through one of the tires, but we attached it to a backhoe
and kept going. It was very useful in removing the metal roof from the hot spots in the barn,” Asmus
said.
Matt Hoffman, Perrysburg Township maintenance director, described the tool as a giant 6-pronged hydraulic
claw.
It has been regularly used for brush collection, but this is the first time it had been used for the
original reason it was purchased. He explained how the township bought it after the tornado hit Lake
Township nine years ago and there was difficulty in removing the large tangles of debris.
Mutual and automatic aid were also provided by the Perrysburg City Fire Division, Northwood, Rossford and
Middleton departments.
A gofundme page has been established for the horse farm. According to the website, the other 11 horses at
Fantasy Acres have taken to nearby farms for temporary housing.
“There was an immense amount of damage and loss. The barn is completely gone along with most of the tack,
feed, and horse supplies,” according to the page.
As of Friday afternoon, $6,242 of a $10,000 goal had been raised. More information is at
www.gofundme.com/f/fantasyacres