Wed, Oct. 16

Fire hits Hauser & Hauser farm

VVN/Steve Ayers

THE intensity of the fire was still evident on Tuesday morning as portions of the building were still smoldering.

A resident on the property, Don Moore, reported the fire at approximately 1:35 a.m. on Sunday.

By the time units from the Camp Verde Fire Department arrived less than 10 minutes later, the building was fully involved. All the department could do was prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent structures.

Lost in the flames were three tractors, two balers, a swather, numerous implements, plus two travel trailers, two ATVs, a Ford Bronco and a number of tools and other garage equipment.

The fire burned with such intensity that aluminum engine blocks turned to powder and reels of nylon binding cord were transformed to bright yellow globs of plastic. Tires were totally disintegrated, leaving only the rims and most of the structure was turned to ash and cinders.

“We really don’t know right now what caused it,” said Dick Hauser, “all we know is that the building and most every piece of equipment that was anywhere near it was totally destroyed.”

The implement barn is located at 3100 S. Verde Park Road on property owned by Noel Jordan and leased by the Hausers. The Hausers used the building to service their farm equipment and as storage.

The Hausers farm approximately 300 acres of the Jordan property along with other parcels in the Camp Verde and Chino Valley area.

This last summer floods in the Big Chino Wash outside of Chino Valley destroyed several pieces of equipment, vehicles and irrigation equipment at Hausers’s operation in Paulden.

Fire investigators with the Camp Verde Fire Department were expected to begin investigating of the cause of the fire Tuesday afternoon.

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