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Firefighters are Waiting for Ellensburg Fire to Die Out

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Flames are still burning at Calaway Trading Inc. in Ellensburg, four days after the barn fire started.

"The cheapest way to deal with this is to wait for it to die out," said Jeff Calaway, the owner of the barn.

And that's exactly what the owner of Calaway Trading Inc. is doing. The barn fire may look calm but that's because it has been burning since Monday night.

"I got a phone call from a friend saying from the freeway she saw we had a barn fire," said Calaway.

The flames were burning quickly and firefighters say hay fires are often hard to put out.

"It's very, very difficult to put out, water on them makes a mess and usually starts up again," said Undersheriff Clayton Meyers from Kittitas County.

Calaway says this is the first fire they've had here.

"I was upset...extremely upset," said Calaway.

And he has every reason to be. His barn houses the inventory, 3,500 tons of hay. Now, the barn is starting to collapse and the hay is charred, leaving Calaway with more than half a million dollars of damages.

"The loss is big but it's not a big percentage of our total business," said Calaway.

He says this was a surprise but he is prepared for the aftermath.

"You have insurance for these kinds of things, you just don't expect to ever use it," said Calaway.

He does not know how much insurance will cover yet. Assessors will be evaluating the property after the fire burns out. Firefighters are still investigating the cause and will wait for the fire to die out to examine the barn.

Calaway says this barn is necessary for business, which means he has plans to rebuild the barn.

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