published Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Fire damages farmer's barn in Sale Creek, Tenn.

A sudden blaze in Sale Creek ignited several hundred bales of hay Monday afternoon. Firefighters needed backhoes to pull burning hay bales out of a farmer's barn to extinguish the fire.

The Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to a neighbor's call of a barn fire at 14322 Back Valley Road at 1:15 p.m. Don Fuller, the farmer and owner of the property, said "significant damage" was done to his cattle's feeding supply.

The Soddy-Daisy Fire Department and Dallas Bay VFD also responded to the scene in a mutual aid response.

Fuller said he kept 400 bales of hay, or $12,000 worth, inside his barn. The fire also damaged a 2013 John Deere tractor, a round baler, a square baler and the barn itself.

Fuller said he did not have insurance, and that he may have to sell his cattle because of a lack of hay to feed them.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is undetermined. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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