A manure drying plant at 5C’s Farms in Hicksville was destroyed by flames Saturday morning, but the manure wasn’t what burned. Instead, Edgerton firefighters say it was tomatoes.
According to the Bryan Times, firefighters say they had to wade through tomato peelings and seeds, which were as much as 6 feet deep in some places.
The fire started around 2 Saturday morning in a large metal Quonset hut just east of Hicksville.
One end of the building collapsed before anyone arrived, and the other end was glowing red hot according to reports.
With the closest fire hydrant about 3 miles away, and heavy, thick fog, needless to say, there were some delays in getting the fire under control.
14 different fire departments and more than 100 firefighters from Edgerton, Bryan and Florence Township responded, and it took about 11 hours to put out.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the state fire marshal’s office.
No injuries were reported.