Fire tore through a New York dairy, killing dozens of cows and calves and ending a family-run dairy farm’s legacy that had survived for more than a century.
The fire was reported on Sunday night at a Franklin, N.Y., dairy by co-owner Renea Halstead Boning. Her husband, Arthur Boning, and a family friend quickly attempted to rescue the livestock while waiting for firefighters to arrive, according to a report from the Oneota (N.Y) Daily Star.
Franklin Fire Chief Thomas Worden reported that an orange glow from the fire could be seen as far as six miles away, noting that he “knew it wasn’t going to be good.”
It took crews five hours to extinguish the flames, which was still smoldering as of Monday afternoon.
Among the 50 firefighters used to put out the blaze, several also assisted in removing the surviving cows. There were only minutes to save livestock as the advanced fire overtook the barn.
Despite their efforts, just 15 cows were able to be saved, including several with burns. Up to 20 cows and eight calves were killed by the fire. Some of the rescued cows were found to be suffering from smoke inhalation and were picked up on Monday to be sold at auction as beef cattle.
The Boning family has announced that their century-old family-run dairy operation would not be rebuilt.
"Life goes on," Halstead Boning told the Daily Star. 'We'll pick up, and we'll go on."
The fire is still under investigation.