Livestock lost in early morning fire

Carole Morris-Underhill
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More than a dozen cows died after an early morning blaze ripped through a barn in Hants County on the weekend.

The Brooklyn Fire Department received the fire call at 12:18 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Mutual aid was called in to help battle the blaze, with a total of eight fire departments responding.

Deputy fire chief Andy McDade said they were on scene for about four hours.

“It was a big operation; it was a good, quick knock down. It was just unfortunate that the gentleman lost his livestock,” said McDade.

The one and a half storey barn fire was on the Walton Woods Road, near Upper Burlington. McDade said the owner not only lost most of his livestock, but at least 100 bails of hay.

“He lost all but three cows,” McDade noted.

The biggest challenge with knocking down the fire was securing a steady water supply.

“Water supply was a big issue,” said McDade in a phone interview. “Due to the weather conditions, with it being so cold, the ice was really thick. It was hard to get a water supply established.”

The cause of the fire is considered undetermined as there were a variety of factors that could have contributed to the blaze, McDade said, noting that the owner did not have insurance.

Organizations: Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department

Geographic location: Hants County, Walton Woods Road, Upper Burlington Brooklyn Nova Scotia

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