Barn fire does $80K in damage

EUGENE, Ore. - A barn fire did $80,000 in damage to farm buildings and hay on Christmas Day southwest of Eugene.

Investigators said the fire was caused by a lighter being used to illuminate the interior of a fort made out of hay.

Crews from Eugene-Springfield Fire Department and Lane Fire Authority responded to the fire at 85869 Bailey Hill Road on Christmas afternoon.

They found the barn on fire. The flames were under control in 30 minutes, but firefighters remained on scene for several hours as hay and other flammable materials continued to burn.

The fire continued to smolder Thursday, and residents would likely see some smoke, firefighters said.

Fire crews kept the flames from spreading too far beyond the hay barn.

Cattle in a pen adjacent to the barn were unharmed, firefighters said.

The fire did spread from the barn to a nearby hen house. All of the chickens were moved before the fire reached the coop.

Sheriff's deputies responded to control traffic near the scene. Bailey Hill road was done to one lane north of Lorane Highway as firefighters mopped up the fire and started their investigation.

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