Fire causes $2m dam­age

Great Southern Herald - - News - Michael Traill

Hugely grate­ful and thank­ful for every­one that turned up. Owner Roger Ballard

Fire has caused dam­age worth an es­ti­mated $2 mil­lion at a Ballard’s Hay hay pro­cess­ing shed east of Nar­ro­gin on Fri­day night.

The fire was re­ported at 8.50pm on Fri­day. Fire­fight­ing crews from Wa­gin, Nar­ro­gin and Pies­seville, as well as dozens of lo­cal farm­ers, were called in to fight the blaze.

The fire was con­tained to a sin­gle shed by 12.30am on Satur­day.

A DFES in­ves­ti­ga­tion and anal­y­sis of­fi­cer was un­able to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire. A spokes­woman told The Ob­server the shed would have to be de­mol­ished and that a “sig­nif­i­cant amount of hay bales” were de­stroyed in the blaze.

Owner Roger Ballard said he was dev­as­tated by the fire.

“We will re­build and the busi­ness will stay in the area,” he said.

“Hugely grate­ful and thank­ful for every­one that turned up. See­ing every­one turn out to put the blaze out and save all our other equip­ment was phe­nom­e­nal.”

Pic­ture: Leigh Ballard.

Dam­age es­ti­mated at $2 mil­lion was caused in Fri­day night’s blaze.

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