We're learning more about the fire that happened in the Town of Olive Tuesday afternoon. A man was found dead of an apparent suicide next to a burning barn on Route 28. Crews responding to the scene were alarmed at first after shots were heard when they arrived. But State Police say the sounds of gunfire was caused by a large quantity of ammunition in the barn that exploded during the fire Christian Farrell has more on the tense moments for firefighters.
ULSTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- There were some tense moments for crews on the scene of a fire in the Town of Olive.
State Police say a man's body was found next to a burning barn on Route 28 Tuesday afternoon. Crews responding to the scene were alarmed at first after shots were heard when they arrived. But State Police say the sounds of gunfire were caused by a large quantity of ammunition in the barn that exploded during the fire
"We were staged back because there were shots fired somewhere on the scene. That's why all the officers were brought in to protect us," said Stephen Fuller First Assistant Chief of the Olive Fire District.
"I've been to a shooting before, when it was up at the high school as a member of Olive First Aid. That was scary just knowing it happens in your little town. This is too close to home," neighbor Nancy Fallon said.
State Police say the man died of an apparent suicide.
No one else was hurt.
At one point, crews were concerned with the fire spreading to a nearby propane tank, but they were able to get the flames under control.