OAKLAND — An early morning fire on Saturday destroyed about 100 bales of cotton at the Vaden Gin in Oakland, Fire Chief Chris Brewer said.
Brewer said the round cotton bales were stacked in an area outside the gin, which is located at the intersection of Lauderdale 2 and Lauderdale 15.
He said the cause of the fire is unknown. The Oakland, Central and Waterloo volunteer fire departments responded to the fire.
"They put 9,000 gallons of water on it," Brewer said of the fire, which started about 2 a.m.
The fire was still burning around 4 p.m. Saturday, he said.
Lauderdale County Emergency Management Agency Director George Grabryan said fire departments also worked several grass fires in the county Saturday.
Brewer said the Alabama Forestry Department is recommending no outside burning at this time.