Over 200 calves died following an explosion and fire which ravaged an Amish farmer’s barn yesterday. From WNDU:

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – An Amish calf barn caught on fire this afternoon, killing the majority of the family’s calves.

The call came in around 4:30 p.m. Crews responded to the 59000 block of State Road 13 in Middlebury.

Neighboring fire departments assisted.

Crews said they were able to get the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

The family escaped but it sounds like the fire took things over too quickly for the owner to do much for the animals:

According to the Middlebury Fire Chief Jeff Wogoman, the owner and his children were inside the barn when the fire started, but all got out and none were injured.

“He noticed and heard an explosion type….turned around and part of the building was on fire. He got everyone out and immediately called 911,” Wogoman said.

Of 270 calves, just 29 survived:

“Once we started digging into it, yeah we found several of them. Yeah, I was pretty shocked myself…[The owner] was shaken up at first obviously; he lost his whole barn and animals, but I think once we started pulling some out that were alive, it lifted some of his spirits a little bit,” Wogoman said.

You can see some of the surviving calves being rescued in this screen captures:


The fire chief described the fire as “intense”, and on the fact that any calves even survived, says “I was pretty shocked myself.”

It’s not known what caused the fire.

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