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I was working in my shop yesterday afternoon and heard the kids yelling out front, I walked around the corner of the house and my neighbours barn was in flames. My son, nephew and I jumped in the surburban and raced over. Owners were inside the barn trying to get the sheep and cows out so we jumped in tractors and moved everything we could and got everything out of the way for fire trucks. Got hydro shut down to this barn, they also have 4 other barns (10,00 chickens, 500 sheep) but at least the wind was lightly blowing the right way. Their kids were screaming that Mom was in the barn, I yelled for my daughter to pack up the kids and get them to our house. Finally got the wife calmed down and getting anything they needed out of the house in case wind changed. 15 long minutes until firefighters got there. He had just put 75 bales of just balled straw into the barn. Not sure of the cause but likely hot straw, spark from diesel track loader or it went into regen while parked on the barn floor covered with straw. They were lucky that we were home and able to get everything moved and they were lucky that they didn't die inside the barn. They did save all the sheep but that was a risky bet at best to go in there when the upper level was completely engulfed. The fire lasted about 3 hours until an excavator arrived and they were able to open up the straw and soak it. You can see in the last picture how much of a complete burn it was. Barn floor was double ply 2x10 and once it fell the heat was unreal and burn down was over in 15 minutes. I advise everyone to sit down for awhile and think about a "what if" and make a plan or two in case of a fire.