Approximately $500,000 in damage was caused by a fire that firefighters spent 10 hours extinguishing at a barn near Huntley on Tuesday, fire officials said.
The Huntley Fire Protection District responded around 7:26 a.m. Tuesday to the 11000 block of Conley Road in unincorporated Huntley for a report of a structure fire.
Huntley Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Michael Pierce said crews arrived to find a roof-only pole barn with a fire inside.
Approximately 160 round bales of hay were burning in the barn.
Three agricultural tractors were also under the roof and sustained damage from the fire, Pierce said.
Each of the hay bales had to be removed from the structure and individually extinguished.
One person suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation and was transported to a local hospital.
Crews from Huntley Fire Protection District along with a water tender from the Marengo Fire Protection District remained on the scene for 10 hours bringing the fire under control.
The cause of the fire is under investigation but is not suspicious in nature, Pierce said. Damage is estimated at $500,000.
Pierce said Huntley Fire District interns were at the station for a summer training program and responded to the scene to assist in extinguishing the fire.
“This allowed us to release crews from the scene to handle other emergencies in the district,” he said.