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ROYALTON – A fire in the Town of Royalton in Niagara County destroyed a barn despite the efforts of three fire companies but no occupants or animals were inside when the fire started.

Following a 911 call, Niagara County’s Sheriff’s patrol units found a barn fully engulfed by fire at 7954 Simms Road on Wednesday at 3:13 p.m. Firefighters from Rapids, Wolcottsville and Terry’s Corners fire companies responded to put out the fire, but the barn was estimated to be a total loss.

The Niagara County Origin and Cause Unit is investigating.