Doniphan firefighters say hot conditions set silage pile ablaze

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By Patrick Duronio

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Updated: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:34:36 CST

Doniphan Firefighters say today's hot temperatures likely caused a giant pile of silage to burst into flames.

An off duty Doniphan fire fighter called in the blaze just before 3:20 this afternoon.

He spotted thick black smoke as he drove past the farm on Nine Bridge Road.

Assistant Fire Chief, Dan Treat estimates the pile of cow feed is 30 feet high, but recent rains compacted the silage, likely making conditions right to start a blaze.

"Nature of that beast is just that they create their own heat. And it created heat inside, and with all the wet and hot we had, it just ignited inside and started burning." Said Treat.

Five trucks and an EMS unit were called to assist.
No injuries were reported.