RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Pike Family Farm, where the Liberty Antiques Festival is held, lost a barn and building in a devastating fire late Wednesday night, according to Fire Chief Ben Hicks of Staley.
The fire started between 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., but officials are still unsure what started it.
About 400 to 500 hay bales were inside, and the fire was visible from miles away.
To fight the flames, crews brought in water tanks because there are no hydrants in the area. About 30 to 40 firefighters were on scene.
The barn and building connected to it were both total losses.
The chief says investigators plan to return during daylight Thursday to try and determine the cause.
Hampton Pike, the owner of the property, said his granddaughter called him and told him about the fire. By the time he got there, the barn was already mostly engulfed in flames.
"It looked like someone poured gas on it," he said. "It was big. ... It looked like it was coming this way but they got it slowed down I guess with enough water."
Pike doesn't expect the fire to impact the festival which is held on a different part of the property.
The Liberty Antiques Festival is held at the Pike Family Farm twice a year, and more than 400 dealers from 25 states come to the farm's 100 acres to buy and sell goods.