N.Y. barn fires kill calves, injure farmhands

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It was a deadly weekend at two N.Y. dairies after fires killed calves.

fighting fire According Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star, fire crews from around 15 companies arrived at a dairy in Hartford, N.Y., late Friday night. Temperatures were reported at -22 degrees F, freezing water transported to fight the blaze and complicating the efforts of the fire fighters.

An unknown number of calves were killed in the fire. However, firefighters and the community were able to save the majority of the herd.

“It was tremendous support from volunteer fire companies and the community. It was really tremendous,” Hartford Volunteer Fire Company Chief Brian Jones said.

“They did anything we wanted from haul hose to sand roads,” he said. “They moved cows (the calves from the first barn) out and went back and caught them and transferred them to a farm in Argyle.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation though officials believe it was accidental. Read more here.

Less than 20 miles to the southwest, another blaze at a dairy near Gansevoort, N.Y., killed three calves and sent two farmhands to the hospital with smoke inhalation injuries.

The Saratogian reports the fire, which erupted Sunday evening, engulfed a feeding barn at Killian’s Dairy Farm. Three neighboring fire departments fought the blaze were able to bring the fire under control in 45 minutes.

Fire officials believe the fire was caused accidentally by an overloaded electrical outlet. Read, “Moreau barn fire claims three calves, sends two farm hands to hospital.”

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