Nearly two acres of hay fields and farm equipment were significantly damaged in a fire Monday at a farm in Bargersville.
The Bargersvile Community Fire Department responded to a large hay fire around 2:30 p.m. Monday on County Road 700 W and Division Road in Bargersville.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, a hay baler, tractor and nearly 2 acres of hay fields were on fire, said Mike Pruitt, deputy fire chief for Bargersville. The tractor and baler could no longer be saved, so firefighters focused on extinguishing the blaze in the field, which was spreading rapidly, he said.
The smoke could be seen for miles, according to a Bargersville Community Fire Department station.
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The fire extinguished in about 20 minutes, Pruitt said. Investigators believe it started due to a mechanical failure inside the hay baler. There are a lot of moving parts that build up heat in a baler, and the hay being very dry, the fire started and grew rapidly, he said.
Pruitt did not know the cost of the damage, he said. But the average cost of a hay baler is around $ 35,000; the average cost of a tractor is about $ 55,000; and the cost of hay varies, but averages a few hundred dollars per acre.