Fire guts cotton farmer's building

Fire guts cotton farmer's building

Investigators say an explosion at a Crisp County farm began after some equipment caught fire.

The fire happened Tuesday night.

"He had farm equipment and old trucks and farm chemicals so he had all kind of stuff under the barn that was on fire at that time," said firefighter John Windham.

It took Crisp County firefighters several hours and more than 10,000 gallons of water to put the fire out.

Farmer Billy Clary said they had just parked the cotton picker in the shed yesterday, 20 minutes before the fire.

"And when he came back out he heard the explosion and came back out and there was fire everywhere," said Windham.

The cotton that was in the machine and more than 7 tons of peanuts were ruined in the fire. Some of the equipment in the shed is irreparable.

"That one I am going to see if I can replace it," said Clary. "The one out there that was damage I think I can get repaired we have two other pickers they're running today."

The fire couldn't have come at the worse time. Clary says that they just started to harvest cotton. But he's still in good spirits.

"Takes a little time. [It'll] slow us down but we'll be ok."

According to fire officials, the fire caused more than $300,000 in damage.

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