Family loses 80 cows in farm fire
THOROLD — As family members gathered on Sunday in the shade of trees beside the smouldering ruins of what was a massive barn, Terry Yungblut said his family has been left numb by the loss of 80 cherished cows born and bred right on the farm on Yungblut Lane.
“We’re just existing,” he said. “The reality isn’t there yet. It’s just sinking in.”
Thorold fire services Capt. Gary Coplen said the department got the call shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday about a fire at Greenview Farms.
Attempts to save the barn quickly evolved into an attempt to simply contain the fire and not let it spread to the family’s neighbouring home, said Coplen.
Coplen said Pelham sent two tanker trucks, a pumper truck and Pelham fire Chief Bob Lymburner.
And Thorold’s fire department “had virtually every piece of equipment out,” said Coplen.
Yungblut said his family rushed to the barn to try to save the prized Holstein cows, which numbered about 90 in total.
“We got 10 out, that’s all,” he said. “We tried to enter but were driven back by the smoke. We couldn’t take the heat or smoke any more. It was so intense.”
The fire is under investigation.
Battling the fire took all Thorold fire resources with help from Pelham.