Approximately 270 cows killed in New York barn fires

Tuesday night, a fire swept through a barn in upstate New York, trapping and killing nearly 150 cows. It occurred just days after a fire in a nearby county killed 120 cows.  

Tuesday's fire was reported at a farm in Annsville, N.Y. By the time fire crews arrived, the barn was fully engulfed, according to a report by The Observer-Dispatch.  

Firefighters worked for several hours to control the blaze. But, despite efforts from both the fire crew and farmer, most of the cows were unable to be saved. Some cows had to be destroyed due to the extent of their injuries.  

Officials continue to investigate the fire, but believe it started where the milking equipment was located.

In the wake of the disaster, the community has pulled together to help the farm recover.

"There were several farmers there to lend a hand to the family," Fire Chief Doug Dean told reporters.

Read more The Observer-Dispatch here.

The Annsville fire was the second fire in the area in just one week. The Associated Press reports that a fire in nearby Otsego County tore through a barn last weekend, killing 120 cows. It took fire crews more than 12 hours to get it under control. Read more here.



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