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Around 60 firefighters responded to the blaze at Pennwood Dairy, which has reportedly destroyed multiple barns that held around 1,000 cows.
‘A sizeable loss’
According to CBC, Steinbach’s Fire Chief Kelvin Toews claimed the blaze was ‘probably the largest barn fire’ he has ever had to deal with.
“There were probably about 1,000 animals in the barn at the time, and they were able to get 200 out,” he added.
“We’ve had barn fires where we’ve lost one or two barns, but this is quite a sizeable loss… What happens is the wood frame burns, the tin falls in, and you’ve still got pancakes of stuff burning inside.”
‘Cows just screaming’
Christina Braun, who lives on a neighboring farm, told the news outlet she didn’t know what was happening when she heard sirens.
“I go to open my door, and I heard cows just screaming,” she said.