Officials say a tractor caused a fire that destroyed a barn in western Iredell County Thursday morning.
The fire was reported at 181 Pressly Farm Road, off Old Mountain Road, at about 11 a.m., according to West Iredell Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Houston.
“We could smell the smoke as we were dispatched,” Houston said.
When firefighters arrived, “pretty much the whole building was involved,” he said. He estimated that flames reached 10 to 15 feet above the barn.
The fire was controlled in about 15 minutes, Houston said. The building was declared a total loss.
The roof caved in, leaving only parts of the outer walls standing. Two tractors, including a John Deere Gator, were inside the structure and were destroyed.
No one was injured. Monticello, Stony Point and Hiddenite fire departments and the Iredell County Rescue Squad also responded.
The Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire. Fire Marshal David Souther said he was “pretty sure” the Gator caused the burn, though it's unclear how.
The property is owned by Billy Pope and Katherine Hamilton, according to Iredell County public tax records.