Barn fire leads to power outage in Monte

A fire in an old barn along the Wynoochee Valley Road north of Montesano caused the Grays Harbor PUD to shut off electrical service to about 900 customers in the area.

Firefighters from Montesano and Grays Harbor Fire District No. 2 were called to the scene of the blaze at about 1 p.m. and the barn was fully engulfed when they arrived.

The barn is near PUD power lines and the district was asked to cut off service for about an hour until the flames died down. Firefighters said they expected the barn would be a total loss, and cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

The location of the barn is about a half mile north of Montesano.