A farm truck and load of straw bales were destroyed by fire Monday afternoon east of Salina.
Blaine Godinez, 29, of Salina, who was working for Mattison Farms, was driving a 1981 GMC farm truck in a field in the 2500 block of East Stimmel Road shortly after 4 p.m. when the truck stopped working Saline County Sheriff Roger Soldan said this morning. The truck was loaded with 80 straw bales, he said.
Godinez opened the hood and discovered the that the engine compartment was on fire, Soldan said. Total loss included $320 for the bales and $4,000 for the truck, he said.
The fire was extinguished by Rural Fire District No. 5 personnel, Soldan said.