Suspicious hay bale fires under investigation in Grayson Co.

Published: Aug. 2, 2019 at 6:07 PM CDT
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The sheriff's office is investigating at least four suspicious hay bale fires in Grayson County.

They all happened within days of each other in an area just east of Whitesboro.

The most recent fire that happened Sunday burning hundreds of hay bales and this structure.

But the sheriff's office says there's no way the fire ignited on its own.

"It blows my mind," said cattle ranch owner Billy Wolf. "It needs to be put to a stop."

Wolf got a call early Monday morning that his hay barn was engulfed in flames.

"Every single bit of that hay in that barn was from last year. So I know it had to have been lit by someone I'm assuming," Wolf said.

His barn on Kelly Street is one of at least four suspicious hay bale fires near Whitesboro in the past two weeks, according to the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Sarah Bigham said the fires destroyed hundreds of hay bales and Wolf's barn totaling more than $100,000 in damage.

She said it's possible for hay to combust and catch fire on its own, but in all four fires, she said that's not the case.

"They do believe that these fires did not occur naturally under any circumstance and they had to have been intentionally set by someone," Bigham said.

Wolf said the fire ruined just over 200 round bales and more than 400 square bales in his barn.

"These guys at this ranch put a lot of work into producing hay and that took a big hit," Wolf said.

He said he plans to build another barn since they had insurance.

"Didn't have insurance on the hay. We can recover from that one. As long as we get plenty of rain, hopefully we can produce more," Wolf said.

Bigham said they're investigating to find out if the fires are connected and who is behind them.

"I hope they catch who done it. And whoever done it pays the price," Wolf said.

An individual is offering a $10,000 reward and Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible.

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