150 dairy cows killed in Annsville barn fire

By WKTV News

ANNSVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - Roughly 150 dairy cows were lost after a fire in the Town of Annsville that broke out late Tuesday night but raged on well into Wednesday morning.

The Taberg Fire Department first got the call around 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday at a barn located at 4325 Slater Road in the Town of Annsville, with fire crews from Camden, Florence, Lee Center and North Bay lending a hand to Taberg.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found the barn fully engulfed in flames. Pigs, goats and young livestock were saved, as were 3-4 of the dairy cows that were rescued from the barn after the fire broke out. However, those dairy cows were so badly burned that fire officials said they had to be put down. Fire officials added that one of those cows had to be forced into labor to save the calf it was carrying before the cow was put down.

A veterinarian was called to the scene to assist with the animals.

The fire called under control around 2:54 a.m.

15,000 - 20,000 bales of hay were scorched. While crews worked to get the hay out of the barn and soak it, it was a total loss.

Fire officials said that the east end of the barn addition was saved, although the dairy portion of the barn has been determined a total loss.

Two other barns nearby sustained minor damage.

Fire officials believe the fire started in the milk house and said the barn is owned by Isiah Harosia

No people were injured in the blaze, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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