San Juan Capistrano

Orange County Barn Fire Causes Half-Million in Damages, Fire Officials Say

The fire was contained by 5:30 a.m. but firefighters remained on the scene at 10 a.m. checking for heat sources

A barn fire in San Juan Capistrano caused half a million dollars in damage but no injuries before it was contained early Saturday, officials said.

The fire started around 3:23 a.m. in a large hay storage building next to barn equipment at Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway. It was contained by 5:30 a.m., the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The barn is a metal building that houses hay and other farm material, a fire spokesman said.

Around 40 firefighters remained on the scene by 10 a.m., checking for heat sources that could reignite the hay bales and horse shavings inside the barn, the OCFA tweeted.

The fire caused $200,000 in damages to the structure and $300,000 in damages to the contents, the fire department tweeted.

The fire is still under investigation.

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