UPDATE: Tractor fire leads to destructive blaze south of Emporia Featured

Fire crews contain a fire that started in a tractor and ultimately destroyed several pieces of farm equipment, hay and a barn on Tuesday. Fire crews contain a fire that started in a tractor and ultimately destroyed several pieces of farm equipment, hay and a barn on Tuesday. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Fire destroyed a barn and all its contents south of Emporia on Tuesday.


The call to 1284 Road M came in shortly before 4:30 pm. Emporia Fire Battalion Chief Eron Steinlage says firefighters from several departments had to fight a defensive battle from the outset.

About 300 small alfalfa bales were also inside at the time.

Lyon County Deputy Jody Meyers says Dayne Witherspoon went into the barn to start the tractor and let it warm up. When he returned a few minutes later, the engine compartment was on fire. The blaze then spread to a wooden barn joist, catching both the building and the hay on fire.

Coffman Construction brought a track hoe to the scene to spread the alfalfa bales and remove the barn walls. Mutual aid came in from Hartford-Neosho Rapids, Olpe and Reading.

No injuries were reported. The fire was eventually contained but the bales burned well into the night. Fire crews are monitoring the scene Wednesday morning.

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Photos by Chuck Samples/KVOE News

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