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Molino barn destroyed in fire
Dozens of firefighters battled a fire throughout the night and into the morning in North Escambia.
The fire destroyed a barn with thousands of bales of hay inside.
The fire started just before 10:30 last night in the 4800 block of Chestnut Road in Molino.
It took firefighters 11 hours to battle the blaze and crews worked long after that to put out some hot spots.
This barn is about 5,000 square feet, all of it now a total loss.
A fire on Chestnut Road left a mess for Daniel Carpenter.
He woke up Monday night to a loud "pop" and came outside to see his barn engulfed in flames.
"It was full of smoke and too hot to open the door. My son burned his hands on the chain lift to make the door roll up," said Carpenter.
It took hours for firefighters to put out the fire and this is what's left.
There were 4800 square bales of hay inside the barn. Carpenter says it was worth about $20,000.
Fire crews had to bring out heavy equipment to take out all the hay, making sure the fire was completely gone.
"The bales of hay, the fire will burn down the bales of hay and basically the only way we can get to it is to tear it a part," said Capt. Craig Ammons.
Ammons says this fire was challenging.
Hay is flammable, which made the fire spread quickly.
"It's new hay, it starts to heat up as it decomposes a little bit. That from time to time can set it on fire," said Ammons.
The fire also destroyed a tractor .
The barn was built just two months ago.
Carpenter doesn't have insurance, but is in good spirits.
He's glad the fire did not reach his home or injury anyone.
"We'll address this as the coming days come and the Lord gives us grace and strength. As far as a brotherhood, we are the type of people we like to link up together and help one another out. I've already had a lot of offers for help," said Carpenter.
No word yet on what caused the fire.