Willard family loses alfalfa crop in barn fire

Monday , July 28, 2014 - 4:34 PM

By MORGAN BRIESMASTER Standard-Examiner staff

WILLARD — Flames burned a barn near a residential area of Willard Sunday evening.

The fire broke out around 8 p.m. in a backyard barn full of alfalfa, according to Willard City fire chief Van Mund.

"It’s so big, we’re going to let it burn down,” Mund said. “We don’t have enough water to effectively extinguish it, but we do have enough to keep it contained.”

The fire chief estimated the area to be 100 feet in length, 30 feet in width.

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Residents in the area of 7200 South 800 West assumed hot temperatures ignited the fire.

"It’s sickening to say the least,” said Jacob Cole, the son of the barn owner. “A lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of work goes into doing that and there’s a not a whole lot of return in the end, and to watch everything disappear that fast — it’s sad, really sad.”

The Cole family has owned the property for generations. “My grandfather recently passed away and we inherited it from him,” Cole said.

Twenty firefighters from Willard city and Weber County stayed on scene preventing flames from spreading.

The cause, estimated loss, and damage costs have yet to be determined.

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster. Like her Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SEMorganBriesmaster.

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