Large Hay Barn Destroyed In Early Morning Fire

Authorities are investigating how a barn full of hay caught fire early Monday morning.

Authorities say three fire departments from two counties battled the fire on U.S. 17 near Highway 102. It took around thirty fire fighters to get the blaze under control, according to officials. The first call came in around 4:15 a.m. from someone driving by the burning barn.

Beaufort County Fire Marshal Curtis Avery says there was no livestock in the 9,000 square foot barn. According to fire officials, half of the barn was filled with hay. The rest of the barn was empty aside from tractor tires and tractor fuel, which officials say added to the blaze. It was owned by Bill Clark, according to fire fighters.

Fire crews were still on the scene at noon on Monday.