Highland-Pierron Truck Damaged By Fire

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A fire Monday afternoon resulted in wheat stubble burning, in a field in the south part of Bond County, and a Highland-Pierron Fire Protection District truck being damaged by flames.

The Highland-Pierron firefighters were sent to the field located near Metcalf Road and Illinois Rt. 143.

Fire Chief Steve Plocher said when the first brush truck arrived, it had engine problems. That led to the Keyesport District being contacted at 4:34 p.m. for mutual aid.

Chief Plocher reported a tank truck from his department arrived, but the fire kept spreading mostly due to the wind.

The fire chief said the flames overtook Highland-Pierron firemen. They got out of the way, however the fire damaged the left side of the tank truck, damaging hoses, melting plastic items on the truck and damaging the truck body.

The fire began when a bearing on a straw baler caught fire and set wheat stubble on fire. Chief Plocher said the baler was moved away from the fire and was not damaged.