More than 250 sheep killed in $400,000 barn fire

More than 250 sheep were killed and $400,000 damage done in a weekend barn fire that was likely...

More than 250 sheep were killed and $400,000 damage done in a weekend barn fire that was likely caused by an electrical problem. (Fotolia)

W. Brice McVicar, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, Ont. -- More than 250 sheep were killed and $400,000 damage done in a weekend barn fire that was likely caused by an electrical problem.

Prince Edward County deputy fire Chief Robert Rutter said the blaze was reported at 2:30 a.m. Saturday when a neighbour reported the blaze and then alerted the barn's owners.

"The main barn was totally involved when the person woke up and saw the glow, called 911 and then alerted the owners to the fact they had a major barn fire," Rutter said.

Firefighters from numerous halls were called to the scene and 40 firefighters on scene until 5 p.m.

Livestock loss was heavy, Rutter said, with more than 250 sheep inside the barn.

"There were also approximately 370 bales of hay in the main barn and a covered storage unit, about 40 feet from the main barn, there was another 275 bales of hay that were lost," he said.

Rutter said it is suspected the fire was sparked by an electrical problem.

 


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