WOODS CROSS, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Investigators have determined the cause of barn fire that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage last week.
The barn in the fire contained 40 tons of hay and straw and other equipment and was considered a total loss
South Davis Metro Fire says workers from the farm were using a front-end loader to unload the straw from a flatbed trailer in the barn. When one bale of straw was lifted, workers noticed it was smoking. As they continue to lifet the bale, the twine binding the bale broke which introduced air into the smoldering bale and caused spontaneous ignition.
Some of the burning straw went under the front-end loader the rest fell at the base of the barn, igniting a large quantity of hay and straw. The fire immediately spread to the inside of the barn, and the entire barn and the front-end loader were engulfed in fire.
Thirty-three firefighters from South Davis Metro Fire, Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Farmington City, Kaysville City, Layton City and Sunset City responded to the blaze.
No residents, workers on the farm or firefighters were injured in the fire.