Fam­ily loses 80 cows in farm fire

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - PAUL FORSYTH

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.

SHANE MUR­PHY, SPE­CIAL TO THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Bat­tling the fire took all Thorold fire re­sources with help from Pel­ham.

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