VADO HAY FIRE DAMAGES REACH $400,000; SCENE CONTAINED AS FIRE BURNS

VADO HAY FIRE DAMAGES REACH $400,000; SCENE CONTAINED AS FIRE BURNS

A major hay fire in Vado is being allowed to burn itself out, with supervision by the property owner and the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Service Department.

Damages are now estimated at about $400,000, which includes the replacement costs for two destroyed metal canopies under which the hay was being stored. The property owner feels certain the fire is the work of an arsonist. The official investigation into the cause continues.

Capt. Kellen Tarkington of the Doña Ana County Fire and Emergency Service Department said 20 firefighters were on the scene earlier today at Big Sky Dairy, where two large hay stacks remain ablaze. He said a nearby third stockpile of hay has been successfully moved out of harm’s way.

The fire was called in at 3:20 a.m., and the following departments responded: South Valley Volunteer Fire Department, La Mesa Volunteer Fire Department, Santa Teresa Volunteer Fire Department and the West Valley Fire Department from El Paso County.

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