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Campus principal, faculty dean appreciative of firefighters, community support


BIBLE HILL – It’s too soon to tell exactly how much damage was done by a DAL AC fire, but the support since has been great.

Dr. David Gray, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture dean and principal at the agricultural campus, said the university has been “inundated” by people offering their support since fire broke out in the feed storage area of the Ruminant Animal Centre on College Road.

“From people in the community, students, our alumni and faculty, farmers and the industry,” said Gray, while waiting for the fire marshal to arrive at the site Tuesday morning.

“We don’t have access to our milking parlour, but the mobile unit for the Maritime provinces is here.”

The unit is in the area for the annual Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition.

“It is specifically for situations like this – when farmers run into emergency situations.”

Firefighters from Bible Hill responded to an alarm at the centre just before 6:30 p.m. Monday, but quickly called in assistance upon arrival. They, with the help of firefighters from Truro, Onslow-Belmont, Valley Kemptown, and North River, with Salmon River and Hilden on standby at Bible Hill and Truro stations respectively, were able to contain the fire to the feed storage area.

“The whole animal centre is cordoned off right now,” said Gray. “In talking with the Bible Hill fire chief, we believe the damage was largely contained to the feed storage area. It’s a relatively modern building, but until we get in there, we’re not going to know what damage was done.”

Gray arrived on site Monday night while staff was evacuating animals from another area of the same building.

“I was able to help with the final evacuation. There were mainly milking cows in there, and some sheep,” he said, adding all were evacuated safely.

“It certainly would be great to thank the firefighters for their excellent work to control and contain the fire, and the farm staff for evacuating all the animals in a safe and calm manner.”

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Dr. David Gray, Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture dean and principal at the agricultural campus, said the university has been “inundated” by people offering their support since fire broke out in the feed storage area of the Ruminant Animal Centre on College Road.

“From people in the community, students, our alumni and faculty, farmers and the industry,” said Gray, while waiting for the fire marshal to arrive at the site Tuesday morning.

“We don’t have access to our milking parlour, but the mobile unit for the Maritime provinces is here.”

The unit is in the area for the annual Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition.

“It is specifically for situations like this – when farmers run into emergency situations.”

Firefighters from Bible Hill responded to an alarm at the centre just before 6:30 p.m. Monday, but quickly called in assistance upon arrival. They, with the help of firefighters from Truro, Onslow-Belmont, Valley Kemptown, and North River, with Salmon River and Hilden on standby at Bible Hill and Truro stations respectively, were able to contain the fire to the feed storage area.

“The whole animal centre is cordoned off right now,” said Gray. “In talking with the Bible Hill fire chief, we believe the damage was largely contained to the feed storage area. It’s a relatively modern building, but until we get in there, we’re not going to know what damage was done.”

Gray arrived on site Monday night while staff was evacuating animals from another area of the same building.

“I was able to help with the final evacuation. There were mainly milking cows in there, and some sheep,” he said, adding all were evacuated safely.

“It certainly would be great to thank the firefighters for their excellent work to control and contain the fire, and the farm staff for evacuating all the animals in a safe and calm manner.”

 

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

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