250 cattle die in fire in Trenton barn

UPDATE: We've learned from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department 250 cows died in the fire in Trenton Sunday morning at a dairy farm located at 10306 Whittaker Road.

Posted: Jan 6, 2019 8:23 PM

UPDATE: We've learned from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department 250 cows died in the fire in Trenton Sunday morning at a dairy farm located at 10306 Whittaker Road.

The stretch of Whittaker Road in the area of Hoffman Road was closed for most of the day. We learned from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department the road re-opened shortly before 6 pm.

The fire started at 11:08 am. The barn is destroyed.

Sheriff's deputies, along with the Trenton Joint Fire District, which includes Barneveld Fire Department and Holland Patent Fire Department, responded to the fire. They say no people were injured in the fire. 

Floyd Fire Department, Stittville Fire Department, Remsen Fire Department, Deerfield Fire Department, Western Fire Department, National Grid, STaR Ambulance, AmCare Ambulance and New York State Police all assisted. Poland Fire Department was placed on standby.

TRENTON- Late this morning, multiple fire agencies responded to Whitaker Rd. In Trenton for a barn fire.

When fire crews arrived, the barn was fully engulfed in flames. Neighbors tell us that it was a dairy farm with an estimated 200 livestock.

Employees did try to save the cows inside, but the flames and smoke were too heavy for them to get inside of the barn.

State fire officials were brought in to investigate what caused the barn to burn down.

Whittaker Road in Trenton remained closed for several hours as crews investigated the cause of the fire.

Fire officials with the Trenton Fire Department tell us what made this fire so challenging to battle was the winds.

The heavy winds in the area during the time of the fire caused the flames to spread throughout the building much faster than expected.

Crews also estimate around 10,000 bales of hay were inside the barn which made putting out the flames much more difficult.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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