'Fire was blowing through the roof': Blaze knocked out at hay-filled barn near Warrenville

  • It took firefighters from several departments roughly three hours to contain a fire that erupted Monday morning in a barn containing 30,000 bales of hay in an unincorporated area near Warrenville. Firefighters said no one was injured in the blaze. This image comes from a Daily Herald drone.

    It took firefighters from several departments roughly three hours to contain a fire that erupted Monday morning in a barn containing 30,000 bales of hay in an unincorporated area near Warrenville. Firefighters said no one was injured in the blaze. This image comes from a Daily Herald drone. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • A second barn on the site, the red building to the left, is said to be about 120 years old and was spared any damage by Monday's fire.

    A second barn on the site, the red building to the left, is said to be about 120 years old and was spared any damage by Monday's fire. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • All horses are safe Monday after a barn fire near Warrenville Authorities say the cause of the blaze is not considered suspicious.

    All horses are safe Monday after a barn fire near Warrenville Authorities say the cause of the blaze is not considered suspicious. Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Horses graze near Warrenville while fire rages in the background.

      Horses graze near Warrenville while fire rages in the background. Justin Kmitch | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/19/2018 6:32 PM

It took firefighters roughly three hours Monday to contain a blaze that erupted in a barn at Galusha Farm near Warrenville that was stacked with more than 30,000 bales of hay.

No injuries were reported, authorities said, either to people or to horses housed on the unincorporated site on the 27W200 block of Galusha Avenue.

 

Firefighters remained on the site into the night to knock down small fires that were still breaking out in the hay.

Warrenville Fire Chief Dennis Rogers said firefighters were called to the scene around 11:20 a.m.

"When we arrived, the barn was fully involved with fire," Rogers said. "We made sure everyone was out and that the horses were out. The fire was blowing through the roof."

Rodgers said the 180-by-120-foot pole barn was filled with hay.

The farm, owned by Steve Berning, is known for its year-round sale of hay and straw stored inside the barn to keep it dry. The farm's website says it serves 14 counties.

The farm also boards horses and ponies.

Rogers said the fire was contained by 2:20 p.m., but "we're still trying to mitigate the large volume of hay burning."

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The cause of the blaze is not yet known but is not considered suspicious.

A second barn on the site, which Rogers said has historical significance, was not damaged.

"We know it started in the interior western portion of the pole barn," he said. "And we did save this historical barn right next to the pole barn. It's about 120 years old. There was hay near it. The roof was starting to heat up a little bit."

Firefighters from Wheaton, Winfield, Darien-Woodridge, West Chicago, Lombard and Naperville also responded.

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