Hay fire burning in Mesquite, N.M.
An animal feed and supply store has caught fire once again, nearly a year after an electrical fire caused over $1 million worth of damage.
Nearly a thousand bales of hay continued to burn after catching fire at Landmark Mercantile Supply Store in Mesquite, New Mexico.
This comes almost a year after an electrical fire nearly destroyed the business.
Firefighters in New Mexico are letting a hay fire burn out in Mesquite, New Mexico.
It happened at Landmark Mercantile off of Interstate 10 West Tuesday around 7 a.m.
People who live in the area said they experienced a little deja vu as they saw smoke fill the sky.
“It was really early in the morning last year. This year there were sirens a little later in the morning but the same thing popped up in my head, ‘Oh, my gosh, it might be the store,’ so it was really ironic,” said one resident who didn’t wish to appear on camera.
Multiple fire crews were on the scene within a matter of minutes to contain the fire.
Owner Jason McClure said it was hay that caught fire but is skeptical as to how.
“Those typically smolder inside out. This one looked like it was outside in. We moisture test all the hay that’s out here. Internalcombustion is really tough to happen, especially the way we stack it. Very rarely do those happen,” McClure said.
McClure said with more than 65 animals and millions of dollars worth of equipment, he’s thankful nothing else was damaged.
“It shouldn’t affect anything other than the hay sales. I don’t know how much they sell to other ranchers around here but it shouldn't affect their main business inside the store,” Mesquite resident Jimmy Waller said.
McClure said nothing else was damaged, and people can still pick up their animal feed and supplies as usual.
“From last year, what a devastation it was and what an inconvenience it was to have our local store go down. I’m glad they’re still up and running and I can still go in today,” said a Mesquite resident.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but McClure said they’re letting it burn out now that it’s been contained.