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Crews battle blaze at hay barn in Anderson Co.

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - Anderson County firefighters had their hands full Tuesday morning trying to keep a barn from burning down.

The fire was just north of the City of Palestine. It started around 9 in the morning, on the 1200 block of CR 445.

Just 24 hours after the burn ban in Anderson County was lifted, firefighters and members of the community were out fighting fires.

"When we got here the hay was already on fire; got the saddles and stuff out of the tack room and that was all about we could save. The rest of it just burned," said Jessie Lidht, first on the scene.

Fire officials say the homeowner was burning trash when the wind picked up and caught the hay inside his barn on fire.

Luckily neighbor and friend, Jessie Lidht, was close by and came over to help salvage a couple of things out of the barn.

"All their tack, saddles and about a ton of feed; luckily, we got everything out before it got too hot," said Lidht.

"Neighbors help neighbors out in the country so we protect our community the best we can with what we've got," Forrest Perkins, Elmwood Volunteer Fire Department volunteer.

Elmwood and Montalba Fire Departments were called to the scene, and were able to save about 30 percent of the building.

The homeowner says their 65 rolls of hay were destroyed by the fire.
Anderson County fire officials say if you plan to burn outside, make sure you have a garden hose close by and stay outside until the fire is completely out.

Fire officials say a citation will not be issued in this fire because the burn ban was lifted.



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