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Roasted sunflower seeds ignite trailer in Clear Spring-area barn

June 06, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • A trailer, at right, containing 250 bushels of roasted sunflower seeds caught fire Wednesday morning inside a barn on Campbell Harvest Lane near Clear Spring. A pile of the charred seeds can be seen at lower left.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

CLEAR SPRING — Firefighters called out for a barn fire in the Clear Spring area this morning arrived to find a lot of smoke and charred sunflower seeds.

A barn fire was reported in the 13900 block of Campbell Harvest Lane at 6:30 a.m. today, a dispatcher for Washington County Emergency Services said.

It turned out a trailer inside the barn had ignited after 250 bushels of sunflower seeds that were roasted Tuesday did not cool down, according to Chief Mike Reid of the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.

The owner of the property extinguished the fire and drove the trailer out of the barn before firefighters arrived on the scene.

Arnold Campbell, the owner of the property, said he roasting the sunflowers to feed to his animals.

He said the sunflower seeds were growing last year but were damaged in the October snowfall.

Campbell, 80, said after the sunflower seeds had been roasted, they were placed in the trailer overnight, but did not cool down properly.

He said he used the farm’s water system to put out the fire.

“Things could have been much worse,” Campbell said.

“It could have gotten the building on fire, which would have been a bigger loss.”

The trailed showed some exterior damage. Reid said he initially did not believe the trailer was a total loss, but then said he would have to have somebody look at it to make that determination.

A pile of charred sunflower seeds could be seen nearby.

Reid said the area was covered in smoke when firefighters got to the property.

All units had cleared the scene by 7:30 a.m.

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