A dairy in New York lost more than 100 cows to a fire that burned two barns and it was the second devastating in the past six years for the farm.
The fire occurred early in the morning on Nov. 1 near Ellenburg Center, just 10 miles from the Canadian border. Emergency crews arrived shortly after the fire was reported around 2:50 a.m.
It is estimated that 100 cows died in the blaze, however some of the cattle were able to be rescued.
“There were already people there when we arrived, and they saved 40 to 45 of the cattle,” Ellenburg Center Volunteer Fire Department Chief Colin Wall tells the Press-Republican.
Two tractors and a skid steer were also saved from the fire before it enveloped two barns in flames. One barn 100 feet long was completely burned to the ground, while a 300 feet long barn only had 50 to 60 feet of the barn remaining.
The farm was still smoking late in the day on Thursday with sawdust bedding from the barns smoldering and a silo that had also caught on fire showing smoke, according to the Ellenburg Center Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page.
“Do to location and conditions around that area of the barn it is safer for all crews to let burn itself out. Also not much of the smoke you’re seeing is coming from the silo and the fire is contained in the silo and silo walls are remaining cool to the touch,” the social media post reads.
Farm owner Derrick Glaude was distressed after the whole ordeal telling the local media “I always took good care of my cows.” He was moving heifers at the time he spoke with the Press-Republican.
Eleven fire crews assisted in fighting the barn fires with the following departments arriving: Ellenburg Depot, Lyon Mountain, Mooers, Altona and Churubusco.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
A previous fire occurred on Glaude’s Riverview Farm on March 5, 2012, when an electrical panel near a silo starte that blaze. The 2012 fire killed 110 heifers and demolished a barn. It also destroyed two tractors, hay, a shed and other equipment.
Photos of the fire damage can be seen below in the following Facebook posts from the Ellenburg Center Volunteer Fire Department: