80 cows perish in barn fire
Every farmer’s nightmare became a horrible reality for a Maxville family early August 28.
Some 80 dairy cows perished in a barn fire at the Mylyn Farm operated by Tammy and Charlie Jack.
The fire began at around 2:30 a.m., said Ontario Fire Marshal investigator Jason Williams, one of two officials who were on the scene last week trying to determine the cause of the blaze.
The loss is estimated at between $3 million and $4 million, said Mr. Williams.
Nobody was injured in the blaze that quickly razed structures at the farm located on Cumming Road in North Stormont.
Flames could be seen from Highway 138 as the flames quickly engulfed the milk barn and adjoining buildings.
While family members saved some of their livestock, they could not rescue their herd from the buring dairy building.
“The fire was fully inolved when I arrived,” related North Stormont Fire Chief Dan Gauvin.
“It was strenuous,” he said of the effort by about 50 firefighters to extinguish the inferno while also dealing with hot and humid conditions and a strong wind.
North Stormont’s fire department was aided by members of the North Glengarry and The Nation services.
The Jacks, who had taken over the farm from Charlie Jack’s parents, Peter and Lynda, had recently installed a robotic milking system.
The operation was established in 1946.
AFTERMATH: Hours after fire claimed a herd of 80 cows at the Jack family farm near Maxville, the remnants were still smouldering. (Below) Ontario Fire Marshal investigators speak with family members as they continue their investigation.