Taniesa L. Sullivan | The Weekly Ledger News
LEESBURG - Just before noon Thursday, Central Dispatch received a 911 call of a cotton picker on fire in a field in the Pollards Bend Community. Leesburg Fire Department was dispatched to the area just off County Road 5 in Leesburg and Centre Fire Department assisted with manpower.
PHOTO: Image of Leesburg Fire Department and Centre Fire Department putting out a cotton picker fire in Leesburg. (Image courtesy of WEIS)
The John Deere picker was being operated by the owner, George Eubanks when the blaze erupted. Eubanks said the fire was under the basket and he believed it may have been caused by a broken belt but had no way of knowing until the machine is able to be inspected.
Eubanks said he and his employees had the main fire out when Leesburg and Centre firefighters arrived, and they were instrumental in making sure it did not spread to the basket.
Eubanks was able to maneuver the picker to an area in the field where the cotton had already been picked to prevent the fire from spreading to the field.
There were no injuries reported.
(WEIS and Leesburg Fire Department)