Farm Equipment Destroyed in Fire

Fire destroys a tractor and baler in a field on South Burma Road Tuesday.

Saline County Undersheriff Roger Soldan tells KSAL News that just before 4:30pm, Robert Lapeyre of Mentor was operating the tractor pulling a baler in the 3000 block of S. Burma when he noticed flames behind him.

He told deputies that attempts to unhook the implement were unsuccessful and the blaze consumed the John Deere tractor and Vermeer baler.

The fire then spread to a soybean field damaging 10 to 15 acres and and estimated $1,000 in seed.

Fire also damaged a 1968 John Deere combine that was parked nearby.

Total loss and damage caused by the fire is estimated at over $83,000.

Fire District #6 responded to the scene. There were no injuries.

Deputies report the farm equipment is owned by CW Ranch while the soybean field is owned by Melvin Kejr.