Barn fire in Howard a heartbreaking loss for a family farm

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The fire continues to burn at at a farm off of Pinecrest Road in the Village of Howard, this fire destroyed a barn early Sunday morning and when fire fighters arrived they said the flames were probably 80 to 100 feet in the air.

The owners of this family farm have worked for three generations and over a hundred years at the same location, they also lost 12 pigs and at least one cow, another one is missing along with their barn.

This fire posed several challenges for fire fighters who arrived and found they had no access to water, Chief Don Phillips said the nine departments who helped get the fire under control had to transport 350,000 to 400,000 gallons of water.

In addition two silos that were next to the barn were damaged and became a danger for fire fighters because they could collapse at any moment, so before fire fighters can put the fire out for good those silos need to come down.

While the fire continues to burn, smoke is filling the village of Howard and causing issues for people with respiratory problems and making it difficult to breathe near the farm.

“It is and I wish there was something we could do about it,” said Chief Phillips. “But there are no buildings at risk or people at risk and again to put our people at risk for some smoldering hay there is just no value in that.”

So a crew was out with a bulldozer attempting to clean up some of the left over 25,000 bails of hay that was in the bar in the mud and snow that we saw today.

The owner of the farm was understandably too emotional to go on camera, he said his brother and him worked really hard to take over the farm after his father passed away in November of 2015 and in the last year they had the farm working well.

This is a set back, but he was thankful that nobody got hurt in this fire.

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