Plumes of smoke. That was the first thing crews from Everett Volunteer Fire Department saw pulling up to a field along Bunker Hill Road in Everett.
“We broke through the fog and got down here, you see, behind you what we encountered which was over 3 thousand square bales of hay on fire, and they are the big square bales not the little ones.”
Deputy Chief Chuck Stone says they’ve been drawing water from the Juniata River to put out the blaze, even draining a small pond near by…
Volunteer fire departments from across Bedford, Blair and Fulton counties, manning the hoses to combat the flames that kept rekindling.
“There’s only one way to handle a fire like this and that is to actually tear down the bales and get them out and then have them spread out across the fields and water them down as you go,” explained Stone.
Bales were stacked on top of each other, towering five bales high.
“It was on fire in the middle of the haystacks he had like three rows and break three rows and break three rows and break. It was completely on fire from the ground to the top in between the break.”
Stone says the damage is thousands upon thousands of dollars. He expects crews to be working at the site for days.
“Until it is totally out, it could be 3-4 weeks maybe better for it to be totally gone.”
No word on what caused the fire. The state fire marshall was called to investigate.