Another N.Y. dairy suffers devastating loss from fire

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Owners of the John Garvin dairy farm near Rutland, N.Y., are cleaning up what’s left of their dairy following a devastating fire that killed nearly 90 cows.

The blaze had almost fully engulfed the barn by the time it was discovered early Wednesday morning, leaving time to save just one cow, according to the Watertown Daily Times. 

Your News Now reports that by the time fire crews reached the scene, the barn had already collapsed. Officials say that the fire had been burning for at least five hours before being discovered. Fire units from six area towns responded and remained at the location for several hours.

"The only thing I'd say was unusual is that went so long without being noticed. I mean, it was the middle of the night but normally there's a car somewhere going around. It's just unfortunate that we didn't get a call earlier,” Chief Jery Kirch, of Rutland Fire Department, told reporters.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation, but officials suspect spontaneous combustion in an area of the barn where chopped hay was stored.

This fire marked the second one this week for New York dairies. On Monday a fire ripped through a dairy in Franklin, killing dozens of cows and calves and destroying the century-old farm. Read more here.

The August issue of Dairy Herd Management included advice to minimize the potential of barn fires. Read about it here.

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San Diego  |  August, 08, 2012 at 10:27 AM

And I suppose.......... NO one finds these fires more than suspicious??????????????????????????????????????

August, 09, 2012 at 01:43 PM

131an area where hay is stored during hot humid weather...really? Not suspicious at all as I am hoping we don't have a barn fire from baleing hay a little early to beat a thunderstorm . Guess if ours caught fire you would be suspicious. get a grip! Fires are devastating to farmers and more so when lives are lost. if we have a fire insurance couldn't come close to replacing what would be lost. my prayers to these families.

Lyle Ramer    
Snover MI  |  August, 09, 2012 at 08:37 AM

A little gas line leak and gas goes up .50 cents over nite. What about milk???????

August, 09, 2012 at 03:13 PM

Those cows put out TONS of methane gas. One spark....

watertown, wi  |  August, 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM

People emit plenty of methane last I checked. Maybe that is the real reason no one should smoke? In all seriousness, methane does not volatize to combust until it it highly concentrated. Like all gasses, it dissipates quickly. Thankfully, otherwise movie theaters would need better ventilation.

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