Cows dead, barn destroyed after massive fire in Little Falls

Crews were called to the fire on Sandy Lane Road around 10 a.m. Thursday.

Posted: Mar 28, 2019 10:41 AM
Updated: Mar 28, 2019 5:28 PM

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. -- A barn that has been in Little Falls for generations was destroyed by a quick moving fire, and a number of cows were killed.

The fire was still smoldering roughly eight hours after it started Thursday morning.

The fire chief says this was a challenging fire from the start, and neighbors say they are heartbroken for the owners.

In just over an hour a fire consumed the barn on sandy Lane Road in Little Falls.

“It's an older barn, dry lumber with hay in there. Dry hay, so once it got going to just spread quickly,” said Little Falls Fire Department Chief Robert Parese.

Neighbors say this has been a family farm for decades.

“I lived here over 33 years Joy is my friend her husband Dennis was my friend we have a very close relationship of course. I just feel bad that she lost her husband last year and her whole life revolves around Dennis and his farm she talked about him all the time this is just not a good thing,” said Roberta Riddell, friends with owner of the barn.

Even some neighbors who didn't know the owner say they're heartbroken for them.

“It's a shame I feel sorry for you know the owners and stuff they build and it's hard for them you know they have cows they work hard to make money and then they lose everything,” said Gail Rumrill, a neighbor.

Some of the cows were killed because they were trapped inside.

“First we tried to get inside to see what it was like, but it was just too much fire, too much heat. So I was pushing us back. There may have been some livestock in there, we're not sure exactly how many,” said Parese.

“My heart goes out to them it's just I don't know what else to say it's a very sad moment for us and the neighborhood,” said Roberta Riddell, who is friends with owner of the barn

At least eight different fire departments responded to the fire.

It's still too early to tell how this happened.

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