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Published December 08, 2009, 10:56 AM

Updated: Barn destroyed by fire

A fire destroyed a barn and killed seven goats Tuesday morning near Vermillion.

By: Keith Grauman, The Hastings Star-Gazette

A fire destroyed a barn and killed seven goats Tuesday morning near Vermillion.

The Hastings Fire Department was called to 18495 Goodwin Ave. by the property owner shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday. The property is located northwest of the intersection of Goodwin Avenue and County Road 62 near Vermillion.

The wooden barn was already engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene, and its roof collapsed shortly thereafter. Firefighters also saw flames on the exterior of two neighboring buildings, a garage and another barn, and they turned their attention to putting those out. Those buildings sustained only minor flame damage and the animals in the second barn were safely evacuated. Most firefighters had cleared the scene shortly after 11 a.m.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, according to Fire Chief Mike Schutt. The total damage estimate is $115,000.

The Miesville, Randolph/Hampton and Rosemount fire departments provided mutual aid. Since the fire was in a rural area, tanker trucks of water had to be brought in to fight the fire.

Assistant Fire Chief John Townsend said the cold and snow are added challenges when it comes to fighting fires. Water freezing can cause problems with their hoses, and the ground gets slippery from all the water. The cold also adds stress to the firefighters on the scene.

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