PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - A fire at a Portales dairy has destroyed about 500 tons of hay and damaged a barn.

Portales Fire Department Battalion Chief Lance Hill says the cause of Sunday's blaze was not known, and he had no damage estimate.

Hill says firefighters from Portales and Arch battled the blaze for nearly seven hours.

He says they provided protection for dairy workers to use fork lifts to save some bales from the burning hay barn.

Hill says the dairy owner said he had been by the barn about an hour before the fire was discovered, but saw no smoke.

Information from: Portales News-Tribune

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