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$10,000 in Hay Intentionally Set on Fire

About 35 bales of corn fodder totaling $10,000 were intentionally set on fire early Thursday morning, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal.
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
Photo courtesy of: Susan Herbst
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - About 35 bales of corn fodder totaling $10,000 were intentionally set on fire early Thursday morning, according to the Maryland State Fire Marshal.

It happened at Breezy Acres Herbts Farm on Old Forge Road in Hagerstown just after midnight Thursday. Investigators say there was a trial of gasoline leading to the hay, which made the incident suspicious. They say an unknown person used the gasoline to set fire to the bales. 

"Someone definitely dumped something on it to accelerate it, because you couldn't just throw a match and light it. It needed something to get it started. Once it started burning you really can't stop something that big."

Officials say 21 firefighters from local agencies worked for two hours to put out the blaze.

Although there was a lot of damage caused by the fire, the owners of the farm say they are glad it wasn't worse. 

"We're just glad, almost lucky that it didn't burn it all and it didn't burn the standing corn behind it because yeah it's a $5,000 loss there. But it could have been tens of thousands," said Andrew Herbst. 

The farm owner says they're letting the hay burn out, and that pouring water on it would just make the smoke worse at this point. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact local authorities.
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