Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts

Northern Utah hay fire could burn for weeks
Propane blast » One firefighter hurt in Box Elder County inferno.
First Published Jun 12 2014 08:00 am • Last Updated Jun 12 2014 09:56 pm

Box Elder County firefighters worked through the night and into Thursday morning to contain an explosive fire at a hay compression and cubing plant, but it could be weeks more before the flames are finally snuffed.

Box Elder County Fire Marshal Corey Barton said hay fires are notoriously difficult to extinguish, and the fact that the hay continued Thursday to burn inside a super-heating steel building made firefighters’ task even more difficult.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The first report of the blaze at the Bailey Farms facility, near 6400 N. 6800 West in Tremonton, came in at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday, prompting county crews, and units from Tremonton, Corinne and Honeyville, to rush to the scene of an already raging inferno.

Indeed, it was so hot inside the structure late Wednesday night that a 500-gallon propane tank exploded, sending metal shrapnel and igniting gas throughout the structure. A Tremonton firefighter was injured, requiring treatment for second-degree burns before being released from the hospital Thursday, Barton said.

"This site is a complete loss," Barton said. "We’re looking at $8 million to $10 million in losses when you take into account the hay, equipment and building itself."

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, but Barton said it appeared to have started in the building’s breakroom and then spread into the stock of 900-pound hay bales awaiting compression and shipment.

"It’s going to take a very long time to get this fire out, possibly a couple weeks," Barton said.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.