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Wheat destroyed

July 05, 1999

QUINCY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - More than two acres of wheat were destroyed in a Monday afternoon fire that started when a farmer was baling the straw, a Greencastle fire department spokesman said.

Chief Robert Ebersole of Rescue Hose Co. No. 1 said the cause of the fire, which burned a total of four acres of fields, is unknown.

The farmer was moving a newly round bale of straw when it caught fire, Ebersole said. He dumped it off the farm equipment he was operating to keep the vehicle from catching on fire.

"It could have started from spontaneous combustion or a static electricity spark. We don't know," Ebersole said.

Besides the two acres of standing wheat, two acres of other land and nine round bales of straw also went up in flames, Ebersole said.

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He classified the damage as "moderate" and did not have an estimate of monetary loss Monday.

Units from Mont Alto, New Franklin and Waynesboro fire departments responded to the fire.

The name of the farmer was not immediately available.

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