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Two local farms lose barns, livestock to fire

A 150-year-old barn was destroyed in a massive fire Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 27) west of Morrisburg. Bill and Ethel Britton lost at least one alpaca, a llama and several goats in the blaze. Other animals have gone missing as the farmers managed to get them out of the barn before it went up in flames but lost track of them after that. As the animals are located, they are being temporarily homed at neighbouring farms. South Dundas area fire departments responded to the fire on Lakeshore Drive just before 4pm and spent much of the night pouring water on the smouldering remains of the uninsured barn. OPP Constable Joel Doiron says the fire was deemed non-suspicious.

The Manneck family is currently operating their farm on a generator after a fire took their barn and neighbouring hydro pole on Friday night (Jan. 23). The family, which owns BroKor Greenhouses north east of Cardinal, lost a dozen goats and four heifers in the blaze. One of the heifers was a calf being raised by their daughter, who is in 4-H. The cause of the fire has not been named.

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