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Donations of hay given to victim of barn fire

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It's been two days since fire ripped through Donald fuller's uninsured barn, taking with it $12,000 in hay.

Hay that was supposed to feed his herd through the winter.

Don Fuller, farmer, "I've always kind of done things on my own, but this will be one of those times I have to ask for help."

Help arrived Wednesday in the form of 33 bales of hay.

All donated by local farmer Norman Layne., "The good Lord has blessed me this year that I'm able to do this. I'm glad to do it."

Neighbors showed up, tractors and trailers in tow, to help Fuller put the hay up for the cold months ahead.

Gary Smith, neighbor, "You don't just forsake people when their down. That's why people around Sale Creek and Bakewell try to go the limit and help each other."

Fuller says this isn't the only donation. He's received calls from farmers all over the area after his story aired on Channel 3.  "Good people still do exist in the world. It's been an awesome experience for me, very humbling."

The herd, Fuller thought he might have to sell, will be fed through the winter months.

Fuller says the work now begins on clearing the smoke and water damaged hay from his land.

Don Fuller, farmer, "It's got to be got up off my pasture. It will kill the grass out."

His barn will also have to be rebuilt, but he's sure he won't go at it alone.

Fuller had just purchased a new tractor, which was destroyed in the fire.

He also lost two bailers. He had planned on retiring in a few years.

He says his retirement date will be pushed back because of the loss.

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