Fire destroys tractor and bales of hay in Franklin County

Fire destroys a shed containing a tractor and bales of hay at 5300 East Cub River Road in Franklin County early Wednesday morning, September 11, 2019.

FRANKLIN COUNTY – Fire destroyed a small shed containing a tractor and bales of hay in Franklin County.

Firefighters were called to 5300 East Cub River Road at 8:59 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“We got called to a tractor fire and they told us it was in a hay shed,” according to Franklin County Fire Chief Randon Naegle.

When crews arrived, flames were shooting from the roof of the building. The tractor and bales of hay inside the shed were on fire and smoldering.

Due to the remote location and lack of a water source, Naegle said there wasn’t much firefighters could do but watch it burn and keep the flames from spreading to a a nearby home.

We don’t have a water supply up here and it would probably take half a million gallons to put it out,” he said. “It’s already a total loss so we just protect everything around it.”

The hay in the shed will burn for several hours, according to Naegle.

The building was located on property owned by DeVere Burbank. Neighbors in the area helped empty a nearby shed of contents in the event the fire spread.

Six firefighters from Preston and Dayton responded to the scene. There were no reports of injuries. Naegle said the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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