Barn fire in Williams destroys multiple vehicles, other property


A blaze engulfed a 3,000 sq. ft. wood barn on the outskirts of Williams last week, destroying a couple of vehicles inside as well as a pair of nearby travel trailers and a boat due to radiant heat, Williams Fire Chief Jeff Gilbert said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the 2400 block of Davis Road in Williams after receiving the report of the barn fire at around 10:15 PM last Tuesday. Aside from the property damage, no one was hurt as a result of the fire.

“There were a couple of dogs that we got out of a nearby pen that suffered some minor burns, but that was it,” Gilbert said. 

Mutual aid was provided by nearly every agency in the area: Maxwell, Sacramento River, Arbuckle, and Meridian fire departments each dispatched water tenders, while the Colusa City and Princeton Fire Departments sent engines, Gilbert said.

“It is strictly rural out there – no hydrants, no water supply,” Gilbert said.

After conducting his initial investigation, Gilbert said he believes the fire caused by an electrical panel with some lighter wiring.

“It appears to be of electrical nature,” Gilbert said. “I haven’t heard from the insurance investigator, but it looks to be accidental in nature.” ■

Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.