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Multiple local fire departments joined forces to battle a fire that broke out in a barn loaded with hay in the Celestine community Monday afternoon.

Celestine Firefighters who were later provided with tanker assistance from the Schnellville and St. Anthony Fire Departments were called to the farm owned by Maurice Pund located along the 1400 block of Santine Road.

A spark from a grinder being used in the barn is believed to have triggered some combustible hay.
The fire then immediately spread to an adjacent barn that was also filled with large round bales of hay.

Tankers from the three departments were able to draw water to fight the fire from one of the nearby ponds on the property.

Both buildings and the 250 to 300 round bales they contained were destroyed. No injuries were reported. No word as far as estimated damage.

Five Celestine trucks along with 20 firefighters were on the scene for better than eight hours. They were assisted as the scene by the St. Anthony and Schnellville Volunteer Fire Departments, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services.

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