ALEXANDRIA — A fire destroyed a hoop barn and much of its contents during a July 4 blaze north of Alexandria.

Daniel Rehorst, chief of the Alexandria Fire District, said the hoop barn, located approximately 15 miles north and a mile east of Alexandria, and its contents were lost to the Thursday night fire.

The fire was reported at about 10 p.m., Rehorst said, and crews remained on the scene until approximately 6 a.m. No animals were in the building at the time of the fire.

“We got there and the east half of the barn was on fire. They got maybe three-fourths of the bales out and saved about a quarter of the hay that was in there,” Rehorst said.

Rehorst didn’t have a monetary value on the damage, but he estimated between 700 and 900 square bales of hay were destroyed in the blaze. Fire departments on the scene concentrated on saving an adjacent hoop barn structure and were successful, Rehorst said.

Rehorst said the cause of the fire was likely spontaneous combustion. No injuries were reported.

The Alexandria Fire District, the Fedora Fire Department, the Spencer Fire Department and the Hanson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.