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Denmark Barn Collapses from Snow Trapping Hundreds of Cows

DENMARK, Wis. (WFRV) - Four people were working inside a Denmark barn when the building partially collapsed Sunday evening.

"We were in the barn working, trying to get done with our barn chores, and we could hear loud cracks, and within minutes of the cracks the roof was coming down," said Keith Brunner, owner of Cedar Red Dairy.

It happened just before 7:00 p.m. the call went out to multiple fire departments that a barn on the 5200 block of Larsenville Road.

When firefighters, arrived they found that all people inside the building had escaped unhurt and an effort was launched to try and clear the snow, and rescue the animals.

"Right now we're waiting on some equipment here to get some snow off the roof," Denmark Fire Chief Dave Bielinski told Local Five. "We're going to see if we can get some of that weight off the roof [so] that we can safely get the animals to another section on the farm here."

Crews are concerned that the roof could continue to collapse, as about two feet of snow still rest on the barn's roof, and winds pick up.

Chief Bielinski says that the safe removal of the cows could take five to six hours.

And as a for Brunner, he can't believe something like this had to happen on his birthday.

"This is the worst birthday I've had," he said. "I won't forget it, I'll tell you that much"
 

 

 


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