Cause behind blaze at Hay Kingdom still under investigation

Damage from the blaze includes a large steel-framed metal siding agricultural building and two fork lifts. (Taylor Buley/Winters Express)

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A mechanical failure may have caused a fire that damaged a hay-storage facility last week, according to Winters Fire Department officials.

In a news release issued last Thursday, Winter Fire Chief Brad L. Lopez said the Tuesday, March 15 evening fire broke out at about 5:45 p.m. at the Hay Kingdom facility in the 26000 block of County Road 90.

“Units arrived on scene to find a large commercial structure with hay involved in heavy fire,” Lopez said. The incident was elevated to second-alarm status, which brought in assistance from mutual-aid agencies including the UC Davis, West Plainfield, Yocha Dehe, Yolo and Vacaville fire departments, along with an ambulance crew as a precaution.

“It took firefighters approximately 16 hours to prevent the fire from spreading to other structures,” Lopez said. “Fortunately, no injuries were sustained in the fire.”

As of Monday, Lopez said the investigation into the fire’s cause was still pending, with preliminary information indicating “a possible mechanical failure of a forklift, however we have not been able to confirm this,” Lopez added. “Due to the large scale of this fire, part of the investigation will be delayed until the fire subsides and it is deemed safe to continue.”

Lopez told the Express that property damage includes, at this time, a large, steel-framed metal siding agricultural building, and two fork lifts.

The fire was contained on March 15, approximately five hours into the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Winters Fire Department at 530-795-4131.

Winters Fire shares updates and community resources online its Facebook page @WintersFire.

Crystal Apilado contributed to this article.

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