Ear­leville fire torches 2,000 bales of hay

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— The cause of a fire that con­sumed 2,000 bales of hay on Grove Neck Road Wed­nes­day morn­ing is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Of­fice of the Mary­land State Fire Mar­shal.

“These were fairly large sized bales,” Deputy Fire Mar­shal Howard Ewing said Thurs­day.

The 4-by-4-by-8-foot bales

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were stack out­side Ch­est­nut Lane Farm on Grove Neck Road. The loss was es­ti­mated at $250,000.

Ewing said it has not been de­ter­mined whether the fire was ac­ci­den­tal or de­lib­er­ate.

“There’s a lot of things to look into,” he said.

He added that the bales, which were marked for re­tail sale, were not close enough to the road to be the vic­tim of care­less smok­ing from a pass­ing mo­torist.

Some 40 fire­fight­ers were dis­patched from Ce­cil­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany to bat­tle the blaze, which also re­quir­ing sum­mon­ing the tanker task force.

It burned for two hours be­fore the fire could be de­clared un­der con­trol.

No in­juries were re­ported.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY FIRE BLOG

Some 2,000 large bales of hay were de­stroyed by fire Wed­nes­day morn­ing at Ch­est­nut Lane Farm in Ear­leville.

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