Horses, pigs, rabbits dead after barn fire

Ten farm animals died this week in a barn fire on Darrow Road in Vermilion Township.
Emil Whitis
Feb 27, 2013

 

Vermilion Township firefighters received a call about a fully engulfed barn at about 3:30 a.m. Monday, but by the time they arrived it was much too late for the animals.

“Unfortunately for the animals, it had been burning for a while by the time somebody noticed,” Vermilion Township assistant fire Chief Bob Kurtz said. “It was fully involved when we showed up.”

According to Erie County Sheriff’s dispatch logs, firefighters pulled up at 3:57 a.m., and they had the flames snuffed within about seven minutes.

“Our guys did a fantastic job knocking it out,” Kurtz said.

In the end, the barn was completely destroyed, while four horses, three rabbits, two pigs and a sheep perished in the blaze. 

The barn was about 24 by 30 feet, with wooden sides and a metal roof.

Betsy Thayer, who owned the animals, told firefighters there was straw bedding on the barn floor, and she had been using heat lamps to keep some of the animals warm.

Kurtz theorized one of the lamps somehow got kicked over and ignited the straw bedding.

He estimated the barn was worth about $20,000, although he’s still working to put a value on the livestock.

Comments

Trustafarian

Hopefully baby Jesus had Lucy on a leash when these animals showed up. I'm guessing he did though, Jesus seemed pretty responsible from what I've heard.

BEHAPPY

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Trustafarian

You mad bro?

Rod Farva

Hey enjoy your day!

Trustafarian

Having a great day trolling. Lipped that last one.

BEHAPPY

SR~what did I say that was not true? And to think you let "TRUSTAFARIAN" say what he says~comical

44846GWP

What?

LT

WOW! 27 minutes to get there.

Rod Farva

I think someone messed up the times a little

Kilroy

I say that, that is a pretty good time. Being that it is a volunteer FD and most of them were asleep when it happened, had to get to Fire House, then to the fire.

Rod Farva

I wasnt implying anything bad, im sure they were there sooner than that. And thanks for explaining how volunteer fd's work

KURTje

Doggone it. Just bee happy.

BEHAPPY

SRs new group of buddies that gang up on people about EVERY (the sadder the story the better) subject is interesting. Now I know why all of my friends won't come here~they've been trying to tell me LOL

Rod Farva

Lol

Trustafarian

Tee hee hee

Backdraft1

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MedicRyan17

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