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Blown out tire blamed for hay fire in Central Texas

Firefighters with Elk and Mart fire departments on Friday responded to the 500 block of FM 939...
Firefighters with Elk and Mart fire departments on Friday responded to the 500 block of FM 939 after a truck hauling hay caught fire.(Robert Leathers)
Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 6:38 PM CST
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ELK, Texas (KWTX) - Firefighters with Elk and Mart fire departments say a blown out tire is to blame for a hay fire in Central Texas on Friday.

The firefighters responded to the 500 block of FM 939 after a load of 20 round hay bales caught fire while being hauled by a truck.

The fire erupted shortly before noon. Upon arriving on scene, firefighters found the hay bales to be fully-engulfed.

Photo Courtesy Robert Leathers
Photo Courtesy Robert Leathers(KWTX)

Fortunately, the driver was able to detach his truck from the trailer.

With the help of a tractor from a local ranch, the hay bales were removed from the trailer and pushed into a nearby ditch.

FM 939 was shut down to one lane in the area while firefighters remained at the scene to keep an eye on the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo Courtesy Robert Leathers
Photo Courtesy Robert Leathers(KWTX)

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