Fire Torches Nearly a Million Dollars of Farm Equipment

Posted at: 11/13/2012 5:35 PM
Updated at: 11/13/2012 6:47 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A St. Charles farmer is devastated after a fire destroyed over a half a million dollars in equipment Friday morning. It's not just the loss in equipment that has this farmer worried.

All that's left of the out building is a giant heap of corn and tangled metal of what used to be nearly a million dollars of farm equipment.

"I walked over and could see smoke so we started to get everything out and the flames got too big," said Bill Dunlay.

He woke up to find his shed holding all of equipment up in flames. "It’s going to be a lot of work."

The fire destroyed his hundred thousand dollar combine, and thousands of dollars in attachments, along with his grain truck and forty thousand dollars in corn.  But he says the thing he is most concerned about is the loss of a year worth of hay.

"I got all these cattle that I've got to feed all winter, so I'm going to have to find some," said Dunlay.

He says most of the equipment lost is insured but the work to clean up will be tough.

"We'll get through it we always do." Dunlay believes the fire started when some hay spontaneously combusted.