August 05, 2014 | 04:02 PMLINN — Linn Police Sgt. James Bushey said no one was injured during a hay barn fire Aug. 4.
Bushey said an employee at Snudden Farms called 911 when he saw some smoke coming from a hay barn on the corner of County Highway B and Zenda Road.
“The call came in at 7:32 a.m.,” Bushey said. “At 7:35 the MABAS alarm was activated.”
The mutual aid box alarm system is a connection of area police and fire departments to assist in emergencies when local crews can’t handle the situation alone.
Bushey said 16 agencies responded to the fire, from Wisconsin and Illinois.
The fire was rated as a second alarm, but the mutual aid call was rated at a fifth alarm because of the need for water tankers, Bushey said.
Because of the location of the farm, water can to be brought in from fire hydrants in nearby municipalities.
Bushey said the barn had housed 1,700 to 1,800 bales of hay and is a complete loss. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Fire crews will remain at the scene most of the day tearing apart the remaining hay bales to make sure nothing is still smoldering.
A cattle barn next to the hay barn had a some melted siding, but no animals were hurt in the fire, Bushey said.