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Fuquay-Varina Barn Blaze Expected To Burn Until Friday

Posted November 10, 2005 5:30 a.m. EST

— More than 10,000 bales of straw fueled a barn fire near the Harnett-Wake county line for most of the day Thursday that was expected to burn into the night and Friday morning.

About 100 fire fighters from 20 different fire departments from three counties responded to one of Fuquay-Varina's largest fires at two barns at the 1800 block of Holland Road.

Fuquay-Varina firefighers initially responded to the call at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

Strong winds and low relative humidity hindered firefighters' efforts to battle the blaze, and at one point, fire crews from Angier, Holly Springs, Garner, Summerville, Lillington, Coats-Grove, Swift Creek and Fairview were all on the scene.

The wind blew flames from the fire toward trees, catching about four acres of surrounding woods on fire and threatening homes in a nearby subdivision.

Fire department officials said early Thursday evening that the fire had damaged at least two homes in the area when vinyl siding on the homes melted.

Because of a lack of fire hydrants in the area, fire crews transported water to the area for most of the day and a state forestry service plane that dumped, 1,500 gallons of water at a time.

"We're in a rural area and we are having to do tanker shuttles back to town," said Fuquay-Varina Fire Department Chief Tony Mauldin Thursday afternoon.

Once the fire died out, investigators would be able to go in and work to find out the cause, officials said.

According to officials, the barns also contained diesel fuel and some farm equipment.

There were no reports of any injuries.