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Fire destroys barn on Gray Street in Amherst, no injuries 

  • Firefighters leave the scene of a fire that burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013. <br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Firefighters leave the scene of a fire that burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • A fire burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013. <br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    A fire burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Firefighters put out the last flames of a fire that burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013. <br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Firefighters put out the last flames of a fire that burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

    SARAH CROSBY Purchase photo reprints »

  • Firefighters leave the scene of a fire that burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013. <br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • A fire burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013. <br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Firefighters put out the last flames of a fire that burned down a shed being used for storage behind 106 Gray Street in Amherst on Thursday, March 14, 2013. <br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

By 4:15 p.m. three fire engines and several police cars had arrived at the scene and the fire, which had engulfed the structure, was almost out. Smoke billowed from the charred remains of the building, which had only two walls left standing.

Amherst fire officials said Thursday night that the state fire marshal’s office was investigating the cause of the blaze, though it is not considered suspicious.

The building at 106 Gray St. is owned by Thomas T. Gu and Ping Geng, according to deed records.

Kasie Auger, a resident from across the street at 61 Gray St., said that when she noticed the fire just after 4 p.m. fire trucks had arrived but the building was still aflame.

“It was like a huge ball of fire,” she said. Auger said she had been told that the building was not wired for electricity.

— DYLAN PEERS McCOY

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