80 cows per­ish in barn fire

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - -- Richard Ma­honey

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.

RICHARD MA­HONEY PHO­TOS

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.

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