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Firefighters battle heat exhaustion at scene of Bowie Co. barn blaze

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The Boer dairy farm near Daingerfield, Texas in Bowie County went up in flames on Thursday afternoon. The Boer dairy farm near Daingerfield, Texas in Bowie County went up in flames on Thursday afternoon.
At least 2 firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion as units from 8 fire districts from around Bowie and Morris counties battled the barn blaze. At least 2 firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion as units from 8 fire districts from around Bowie and Morris counties battled the barn blaze.
The barn and an estimated $50,000-worth of farm equipment inside are destroyed. The barn and an estimated $50,000-worth of farm equipment inside are destroyed.
BOWIE CO., TX (KSLA) -

At least 2 firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion Thursday afternoon as they battled a barn blaze in Bowie County. 

More than 50 firefighters were called to the Boer diary farm near Hwy 561 and CR 4507 between Simms and DeKalb, where farmhands reportedly spotted the flames just before 6 p.m. There were no animals in the barn, but it is full of sawdust, hay and $50,000-worth of farm equipment. 

Initial reports indicated there was ammonium nitrate stored in with the hay, that it was later determined that there are no hazardous materials inside. 

According to John Nichols with Bowie County emergency management, more than 55 firefighters from 8 districts in Bowie and Morris counties responded to the call for mutual aid. 

Several units are still on the scene. Because of the intensity of the fire, Nichols says firefighters are in "defensive attack" mode as it continues to flare up. They are working to keep it from spreading to any other structures. The building itself is expected to be a total loss. 

Investigators say the blaze apparently started from green hay. 

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