No people or animals were hurt in a fire that broke out on a farm in the Cayuga County town of Locke Thursday afternoon.
Fire departments from nearly every southern Cayuga County town and village, as well as several from Tompkins and Cortland counties, responded to 316 Bird Cemetery Road and remained for over six hours, helping to fight the fire, which had spread to five structures, and ferrying water to the scene in tanker trucks, Locke Fire Department Chief Ray Dyer III said. The fire was first reported around 3:30 p.m. by a 12-year-old boy.
Dyer said most of the buildings on the property were a total loss. Firefighters were able to save the farmhouse and a machine workshop. He said several 1,000-pound bales of hay, which were stored in several of the structures, accelerated the blaze.
"They did a good job and we saved everything we could," Dyer said.
The cause of the fire was undetermined Friday, Dyer said, and was still under investigation by the Cayuga County fire investigators and New York State Police.
Fire departments from Locke, Moravia, Sempronius, Long Hill, Scipio, Popular Ridge, Aurora, King Ferry, Owasco, Lansing, Groton, Mclean, Freeville, Cortlandville and Homer responded to the scene. Crews from Union Springs, Fleming, Sennett and New Hope were on standby while other departments were actively fighting the blaze, Dyer said.