Firefighters keep hay fire from spreading to barn

Firefighters keep hay fire from spreading to barn

MONTICELLO — About 20 large bales of hay caught fire at a farm just northeast of Monticello Thursday morning, but Terry Lieb said neighbors helped keep it from catching an adjacent barn on fire.

The fire was reported around 10 a.m. by Lieb's neighbor Doug Beals, who spotted smoke coming from the round bales.

"When you live in a small town and in the country, neighbors take care of neighbors," said Lieb, who said Beals brought a tractor to help haul burning hay away from a century-old barn. "Thanks to all my neighbors and the fire departments for the help."

Others helped with handheld fire extinguishers to keep the fire under control prior to local fire departments arriving.

The Mid-Piatt Fire Protection District was first on the scene, with firefighters from Seymour, DeLand, Bement, and Ivesdale also lending assistance.

Firefighters spent time inspecting the barn to make sure there was no damage.

Lieb is glad the building survived.

"It's a 100-year-old barn. It's insured, but you can't replace it," he said.

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