Cattle lost in Kings County barn fire on Sunday

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BROOKLYN MOUNTAIN - Thirteen cattle were lost in a barn fire here on Sunday.

Five fire departments – Wolfville, Hantsport, New Minas, Greenwich and Port Williams – were called to battle the afternoon blaze in the middle of a snowstorm. The metal barn, located about 20 kilometres south of Avonport, was completely destroyed and the siding on a nearby house was “buckled” from the heat, said Wolfville fire chief Kirk Fredericks. Firefighters were able to save a nearby hay barn.

“You couldn’t see the barn from the house, so they only found out when a neighbour spotted it and let them know,” Fredericks said.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 1:15 p.m., but by that time, the barn was already starting to collapse. Fredericks estimated the fire had at least a half hour head start before it was spotted.

“There were cattle inside and hay, I assume up top,” Fredericks said. “There were other cattle in a nearby field, so they didn’t lose all of them.”

The weather certainly didn’t help matters. A Department of Transportation plow was called to clear the road for the fire trucks.

“It was a pretty horrific drive. The DOT plow cleared enough of a path to get the truck through, but it was down to one lane,” Fredericks said.

“It was a pretty hard ride. The road was pretty much snow-covered.”

The snow and freezing rain combination also made it difficult for firefighters to wade through and fight the fire.

Water, Fredericks said, had to be shuttled from a fill site in Lockhartville.

An excavator was called to the scene to help knock down the remaining metal supports from the barn.

“The owners were pretty distraught,” Fredericks said. “It’s the first time they’ve had a fire there.”

Firefighters remained on the scene until late afternoon. More than 40 firefighters responded at the scene, while others remained on standby in the fire hall.

Organizations: Department of Transportation

Geographic location: Kings, Hantsport, Port Williams Avonport

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