Investigators have determined that a Wednesday night barn fire near Milford was ignited intentionally.
At 5:48 p.m. Wednesday, 911 dispatch received calls regarding a hay barn on fire east of Milford, according to Geary County Fire Chief Garry Berges. The Milford City Fire Department and the Geary County Fire Department responded. First responders requested that the Fort Riley Fire Department assist with water support, as there were no fire hydrants in the immediate area.
Large bales of hay and alfalfa inside the barn were on fire when units arrived, Berges said. Firefighters were able to remove a tractor from the structure. Seven other smaller outbuildings in the area were endangered due to blown embers from the fire.
The blaze was contained at about 8:30 p.m. Milford firefighters remained at the scene throughout the evening. Additional units were called back to the scene at 11:30 p.m., due to embers igniting one of the outbuildings.
That fire was extinguished, with minor damage reported. Fire units remained at the scene until 9 a.m. Thursday.
After an investigation was conducted by county fire investigators, the cause of the fire was determined to be arson, Berges said. An investigation by the Geary County Fire Department and the Geary County Sheriff’s Department will continue.
Damage estimates are still being determined. The property is owned by Gabe Shandy of Milford.