FARMER -- A Tuesday afternoon barn fire three miles north of Farmer in Hanson County killed a cow and calf and led to the structure being deemed a total loss.

At approximately 1:41 p.m. Tuesday, the Spencer Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of the barn fire, after a 911 emergency phone call, according to Hanson County Sheriff Brandon Wingert. The property owners of the barn are Jeff and Marilyn Schaefers.

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In addition to the Spencer fire department and the sheriff’s office, the Alexandria Fire District and Central Electric Cooperative were the first responders at the scene, where they arrived to the barn fully engulfed in flames. According to Wingert, the barn was deemed a total loss upon the first responders arrival.

Wingert said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.