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(KSL News) A barn in Utah County was engulfed in flames this morning, torching hundreds of tons of hay and farm equipment. The fire wasn't an accident.
A passerby noticed the flames just after 4 a.m., and woke up the owner of the barn in Leland.
The owner and his family ran out to salvage what they could but lost 500 tons of hay, a motor home, a four-wheeler and other farm equipment.
The owner, J. Lynn Partridge, says he could tell from the start that the blaze was intentionally set.
"It was completely encircled and burned from the outside in," he said. "Even hay I had on the other side over by my service truck, they had completely encircled it and torched the inside of the vehicles."
Firefighters fought the flames for more than four hours.
Investigators brought in dogs that picked up the scent of accelerant around the barn.
This was the second hay fire in the area this week.