Flames destroy a barn full of hay on Knob Hill Road in Spallumcheen Wednesday night.

Flames destroy a barn full of hay on Knob Hill Road in Spallumcheen Wednesday night.

Blaze destroys large Spallumcheen hay barn

The structure contained 750 tonnes of hay worth about $240,000.

A Spallumcheen dairy farm has sustained a significant loss.

Fire destroyed a large pole barn on Knob Hill Road Wednesday at about 5:40 p.m. It contained 750 tonnes of hay worth about $240,000.

“The big issue is a real shortage (of hay) in the market. The issue is feeding the cattle,” said Ian Cummings, Armstrong-Spallumcheen fire chief.

The barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

“For us, we protected the exposures to make sure it didn’t spread,” said Cummings. “It’s pretty dry out there.”

Thirty members of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen department were on scene and the Enderby department provided mutual aid.

Most crews were on scene until 4 a.m. Thursday and one truck remained on scene throughout Thursday to keep hot spots contained.

With the fire deep inside some of the 1,200-pound bales, there are a couple of options to completely put the blaze out.

“You can get machines to pull it apart and douse it with water or let it burn,” he said.

The cause has not been determined but it’s not considered suspicious.

“We haven’t had time to look at it yet but we will look at the possibility of spontaneous combustion,” said Cummings.

The owner of the dairy farm could not be reached for comment.