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Parishville barn destroyed by storm; most of town spared serious damage

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PARISHVILLE — While Potsdam bore the brunt of Tuesday’s storm, it wasn’t the only place that sustained severe damage.

Adon Farms, on Route 72 near Parishville Center, lost a barn during the storm.

Several people working on a new heifer farm were there at the time of the storm and took shelter in the new barn, which did not collapse.

Among those taking shelter was Nicholas Gilbert, son of Adon Farms owner Anthony J. “Sheet metal started flying by. I thought the roof was coming off,” he said.

Also taking shelter were several employees of Burns Construction. Company co-owner Robert Burns said that while his workers were not injured, three of them had personal vehicles that were crushed by the collapsing barn.

In addition to the barn collapse, a silo that had yet to be erected was lifted up and blown approximately 100 yards across a cornfield, with pieces of the silo scattered around the property and beyond.

Mr. Burns said the storm, which lasted for only about 10 minutes, caused more than $100,000 in damage at the farm.

Parishville Fire Department Second Assistant Chief John Liebfred said that for the most part, Parishville was lucky.

“We didn’t have widespread damage like Potsdam did,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are going out to the Spagnolo, Evans and White families.”

The Spagnolo family owns and operates Sergi’s Restaurant, while the Evans and White families own and operate Evans & White Ace Hardware.

“At about 3:50 p.m. (Tuesday) we had a call for a tree down in the road, with lines down and a possible structure fire,” Mr. Liebfred said.

When firefighters arrived, “there was no fire,” he said. “There was just a huge tree that had taken the lines down.”

After things settled down that night, Mr. Liebfred said, several members of the Parishville Fire Department made their way to Potsdam to see what they could do to help.

The following morning, he said, members of the department with chain saws rode around town with the Department of Public Works, helping with the cleanup.

Johnson Newspapers intern Sean Ewart contributed to this report.

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