Farmer, cat­tle es­cape Penn Town­ship barn fire

Centre Daily Times - - Front Page - BY BRET PALLOTTO bpal­lotto@cen­tredaily.com

A Penn Town­ship barn is a “to­tal loss” af­ter a fire be­gan while a man was mix­ing feed for his cows, ac­cord­ing to Mill­heim Fire Com­pany Chief Delmer Ho­man.

The fire at David J. Stolt­fus’ barn be­gan about 4:30 p.m. Thurs­day, and fire­fight­ers were able to gain con­trol of the fire af­ter about three hours. About 10 fire com­pa­nies from four coun­ties, Penns Val­ley EMS and Fet­terolf Ex­ca­vat­ing re­sponded to the fire at 221 Long Lane.

“This was a large barn and had two hay bales com­pletely full at each end of the barn,” Ho­man

said. “The only way you can get that out is ac­tu­ally take ev­ery­thing out of the barn and, you know, hose it down as you’re do­ing that.”

Stolt­fus was in one of his three si­los for about 15 min­utes af­ter he was done milk­ing the cows while the mix­ing cart was run­ning, ac­cord­ing to Ho­man.

When he came down, the fire was “all around the cart” in the feed­ing room and “got into the hay” be­fore the cor­ner of the barn even­tu­ally caught fire.

Stolt­fus and the cows were the only ones in the barn at the time. He freed the cows from the stall barn af­ter call­ing 911 and none were in­jured, ac­cord­ing to Ho­man.

Fire com­pa­nies ran out of wa­ter “for a short pe­riod of time,” ac­cord­ing to Ho­man, but that did not hin­der their abil­ity to save the barn be­cause it was fully en­gulfed in flames when they ar­rived.

Mill­heim Fire Com­pany

About 10 fire com­pa­nies re­sponded to a barn fire Thurs­day at 221 Long Lane in Penn Town­ship. The barn was de­stroyed.

HOWARD VOL­UN­TEER FIRE COM­PANY Photo pro­vided

A fire that started at or near a feed-mix­ing cart de­stroyed a large barn Thurs­day at a dairy farm in Coburn.

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