Five departments battle massive fire in straw bales

Published on September 28, 2014

PIUSVILLE -- Firefighters from five West Prince departments responded to a wind-fueled fire on a farm in Piusville Sunday afternoon. About 300 round bales – mostly this year’s straw and a few hay bales – were destroyed in the blaze.

Owner Muncey Gallant said he believed his farm buildings escaped with minimal damage.

“It couldn’t have happened when there was a foot of snow on top of them” he mused about the fire that struck his straw bales.

There was a burn barrel located behind the rows of straw and Gallant thinks the fire might have started from it. He acknowledged there as a fire in the barrel the night before, when the wind was the opposite direction.

When the fire erupted Sunday afternoon the 25 to 30 kilometer an hour wind out of the southwest was blowing right on the rows.

Gallant used fire extinguishers to prevent the fire from spreading to his granary as he waited for the first fire trucks to arrive. He said the building sustained superficial damage.

Smoke from the fire was intense, blowing right over farm buildings and a nearby residence.