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