Barn filled with 400 tons of hay catches fire west of Eugene

Barn filled with 400 tons of hay catches fire west of Eugene
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Fire crews are working to put out a fire Sunday afternoon started in a barn filled with around 400 tons of hay in the rural area west of Eugene. 

Lane Fire Authority Chief Chris Heppel said, "there are no reported injuries."

Fire crews were called out to the blaze off of Bodenhamer Road at around 11:20 a.m. Sunday. Crews arrived to find a barn filled with hay engulfed in flames.

No one was at home when the fire started inside the 120 by 60 foot barn. No word yet on what caused the fire.

"It's very, very difficult to put out the fire. Gets itself inbedded down into those bales of hay, and you literally have to take it apart strand by strand. And that will take a couple of days," said Chief Heppel.

He said the approximately 400 tons of hay stored in the barn would have been worth $60-80,000 at market.

Crews are working to protect nearby structures, however Chief Heppel said they are going to let the barn burn itself out.