Barn Fire Kills More Than 100 Heifers in New York

A New York barn fire killed more than 100 heifers according to local firefighters who battled the blaze for nine hours. ( Wyatt Bechtel )

According to reports a barn fire over the weekend killed more than 100 heifers on a farm in New York.

A single first responder first arrived at a barn fire near Chateaugay around 9:30 pm on Oct. 6 to find a barn housing heifers fulling engulfed in flames.

The Watertown Daily Times reports that seven fire crews from various communities then arrived on the scene and battled the blaze for nine hours. Making fire more difficult to fight was that one side of the barn was filled with hay.

“Hay’s always a nightmare for us,” says Chateaugay Volunteer Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Ed Hoit.

Water had to be hauled to the scene as there no water services that could be accessed and an estimated 200,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the flames.

“The fire really knocked the barn down,” Hoit says.

In addition to the Chateaugay fire crew there were crews from Burke, Malone, Constable, Lyon Mountain and Churubusco who assisted in the fire fight. A light-tower truck provided by the Champlain Fire Department helped first responders see while battling the blaze during the night as well.

An excavator was provided by the Franklin County Highway Department to move hay and reach hot spots.

Firefighters from Chateaugay came back to the scene on Sunday when some of the hay piles had reignited the following afternoon.

The cause of the fire was undetermined and one firefighter was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. There were no details about any cattle that might have survived.