The Alton Area Animal Aid Association on Alby Street in Alton was never in any danger from a fire Sunday. Reports of heavy smoke near the facility was the result of a hay baler that had caught on fire as it was baling hay on the former Alton Landfill property adjacent to the 5A’s.
The city leases the approximately 70 acres of land to a man who cuts the grass in exchange for the right to bale the hay. It was a baler being pulled behind his tractor that caught fire Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported.