An early-morning fire destroyed a 106-year-old barn at a dairy farm near Shawano, Wis.,on Wednesday.

According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, it took fire crews hours to battle the blaze, which was still smoldering as of 12:30 p.m.

The dairy’s quick-thinking owners were able to rescue most of the cattle from the barn. Despite their efforts, however, officials estimate that three cows were killed in the fire.

Officials will continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

Read, “Shawano Co. barn fire kills 3 cattle; 70 rescued.”  

Fox11 reports that the fire officials believe that the first originated in the milk parlor and was quickly spread by gusty winds to a connecting barn. Click here to read the Fox11 report.