Emergency crews responded to a hay fire outside of Kittitas Tuesday evening. A hay barn owned by Hajny Trading Company caught fire.

At 5:12 p.m., emergency crews responded to a call reporting a hay fire on the corner of Parke Creek Road and Mundy Road.

According to Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Rich Elliott, a hay stack next to the barn caught on fire and by the time crews arrived on scene, the fire had consumed about 10 to 15 percent of the structure. Fire crews battled the blaze while trying to keep it from spreading to a second structure.

“As we were arriving, the people who work here, were dragging somebody out of the barn who appeared to be unconscious, it was smoke inhalation,” Elliott said. “He was treated at the scene and refused treatment for a transport.”

KVFR Fire Chief John Sinclair said the Kittitas County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire after crews were able to prevent further damage to the structure overnight. Sincliar posted a crew to monitor the fire until daytime crews could take over.

Elliott is unsure how much hay was lost, but estimates the property damage will be somewhere around $500,000 and less than $2 million.

“It’s going to be something we’re going to have to pay attention to all through tomorrow morning,” Elliott said Tuesday night.

Five firefighters watched the fire over Tuesday night to monitor its progression and estimated that it will take several days until the fire is completely out. Twenty-five personnel responded to the scene and five different fire stations.

According to Elliott, the black smoke the fire is producing is from upwards of 1,500 gallons of oil that’s used in the process to press hay. Elliott said he sees no way to put that out and instead KVFR is allowing it to burn itself out.

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