Combine catches fire in Penfield Township during soy bean harvest

By Kelsey Leyva -

A combine caught fire Monday in Penfield Township though the cause remains a mystery.

Jack Powell was using his 1980 John Deere 6600 tractor around 3:30 p.m. to harvest soy beans when he started to smell smoke, according to Wellington fire chief Mike Wetherbee.

Although he was using the combine when the fire started, Powell was unharmed.

Wetherbee said the fire appears to have started in the engine compartment but the exact cause is unknown.

“It could have been a number of things,” he said. “It could have overheated. Combustibles or dust could have gotten in there.”

Firefighters had the blaze out in minutes, but in the fire spread from the engine to the cab and burnt it as well.

“It wasn’t a large fire but unfortunately it burned everything that operates the combine so that’s why I say it was totaled,” Wetherbee said. “It’s just where the fire was there was no repairing it.”

Wetherbee said the field the combine was in was about a quarter mile off the road so it took firefighters a little while to get to it.

“With as dry as it was we were able to take the engine back there where the fire was,” he said.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

By Kelsey Leyva