Sixty tons of straw set aside for renewable energy generation caught fire Wednesday night at a plant in northwestern France.

The fire broke out at a facility in Plouneventer that creates biogas via methanization to generate electricity for local households, local media report.

Workers managed to push the burning bales outside as the fire progressed, saving a 4,000 square meter hangar building, local media report. Firefighters from Landivisiau, Morlaix, Sizun and Landerneau participated in extinguishing the blaze.