Saturday, January 24, 2009

Vado, NM: Arson at Dairy

A hay fire Friday at a Vado, N.M., dairy caused about $400,000 in damage.

The owner of Big Sky Dairy said he believed the blaze was arson.

The fire began around 3:20 a.m. and consumed two large haystacks. It also destroyed two metal canopies under which the hay was stored.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was the second one recently at a dairy owned by Ed DeRuyter.

Matches were found on a trail near the origin of the blaze.

On Aug. 1, 2008, a hay fire was reported at Bright Star Dairy, also owned by DeRuyter. He estimated that $60,000 to $65,000 in hay was lost.

At least two other hay fires were reported last year at two other dairies in the Vado-Mesquite area.

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