Thursday, August 11, 2022

Fire claims 50 cows

More than 50 dairy cows died recently in the barn fire in Essa Township.

No people were injured.

Several farm buildings were damaged and estimates peg the dollar loss at $5 to $6 million,

“No cause has been determined yet, the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office (OFM) has been notified of the fire,” Heydon said in an email. “OFM investigation staff will contact Essa Fire (Monday).”

The property is located near the County Road 27 and 20th Sideroad intersection.

A grass fire had also broken out in the area, Barrie Fire Chief Cory Mainprize, whose department provided mutual aid at the scene, confirmed Sunday afternoon.

At the height of the incident, more than 30 vehicles from six fire departments — Adjala-Tosorontio, Barrie, Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth and Springwater — were at the scene.