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Barn, farm machinery destroyed in fire

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By Lisa King

The Shelby County Fire Department is still looking into the cause of a fire that destroyed a barn and some farm machinery in the Eminence Pike area early Thursday morning.

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Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said his department received a call from Eddie Mathis shortly before 4:30 a.m. that one of his barns at his property on Mathis Lane was on fire.

Firefighters were unable to save the structure, which also destroyed two tractors, he said.

“It went up pretty quick with all that hay and tobacco that was in it,” he said.

Mathis said he had awakened and didn’t know anything was wrong at first.

“I heard a noise of some type – just a ‘boom,’” he said. “That’s all I know.”

Cowherd said no one was injured in the incident that took firefighters several hours to extinguish.

“It was a big barn, and it caught the cornfield on fire, but once we got that under control, we kept it from spreading to anything else, except he also lost a tractor-trailer that was on the other side of the barn. He had a substantial loss of equipment, that’s for sure.”

Cowherd said firefighters would continue to monitor the situation for a while.

“There is still some hay and tobacco still smoldering out there, but when things cool down, we will be able to take a better look at it,” he said Thursday morning.