Fire crews were called to a fire in a storage barn in Blandford-Blenheim Township Wednesday afternoon.

The fire department was originally told that there were children trapped in the blaze but that turned out not to be the case.

When crews arrived at the property shortly after 5 p.m. they found a barn behind the home fully engulfed.

Homeowner Calvin Moore and his son Colton were in the barn working on a truck when the fire started. The barn was a storage area for vehicles, tools and other equipment, all of which were lost in the fire.

“The barn was full. We had two snowmobiles, sea doos, truck, car, tools, lots of things in there.”

Once the pair realized the fire was out of control, they fled the building, along with their two dogs.

Cords of wood were also stored in the barn which hampered the efforts of fire fighters.

“We do have an excavator on scene to pull the barn apart to enable us to extinguish the fire,” said Kevin Harmer, Deputy Fire Chief with Blandford-Blenheim Township.

At this time there is no damage estimate, and the exact cause is not known although it is not considered suspicious.

Despite the loss of the barn and its contents, the first thing Moore shops for might be a Christmas tree.

“I think we’ll have to get a new Christmas tree and decorations because my wife told me today to bring everything down but I never did it, and now it’s too late.”