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Hay Fire Destroys Dodds Road Barn
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A multi-agency response was needed at the scene of a hay barn fire in the Farmington Fire District on Nov. 2. Modesto Fire Department Photo

A multi-alarm fire resulted in the loss of a barn and all the hay that was in it, in the 27000 block of East Dodds Road.

The fire, in the Farmington Fire District, was reported late afternoon Tuesday, Nov. 2 and smoldered for several days following the initial attack and response.

Farmington Fire Chief Conni Bailey said when the first crews arrived on scene, the fire was already well into the hay stored in the large barn at the TeVelde Dairy. She said crews quickly turned their attention to protecting nearby structures, including a commodities barn and other buildings on site.

The hay and the barn it was stored in were declared a total loss but no other structures were damaged.

“Everyone did a great job,” Bailey said, noting that multiple departments responded with equipment and mutual aid. Those included Escalon, Collegeville, Linden, Ripon, Oakdale, Stanislaus Consolidated out of Riverbank, Lathrop and a Battalion Chief out of Modesto.

Crews were on scene for several hours and Bailey said Farmington firefighters, including herself, made several return trips in the days following the fire to check on the property and make sure there were no flare ups.

Meanwhile, an afternoon vehicle accident on Monday, Nov. 8 was also in the Farmington district. The crash, at Van Allen Road and Highway 4, was reported as a fatality and the San Joaquin County Coroner was called to the scene but no additional information was available at press time.