Fire damages barn in Haldimand County
No animals inside the barn were harmed
By Diego Flammini
Assistant Editor, North American Content
All livestock kept in a Haldimand County barn on Indiana Road West in Oneida Township made it out safely after the barn went up in flames on Thursday.
According to an OPP release, emergency crews were notified of the fire around 3:00 p.m.
Haldimand County Fire Chief Rob Grimwood told the Hamilton Spectator that before crews arrived, which totaled about 45 firefighters, the horses were led to safety.
Nobody was home when the fire started and there’s been no reported injuries.
Grimwood said the fire is still under investigation but a camper next to the barn appears to be what caused it.
Damages are estimated between $400,000 and $500,000, and approximately one-third of the barn can be saved.
Barn fires in Ontario have unfortunately been common in 2016.
Since a barn fire in January at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch claimed the lives of more than 40 horses, Farms.com has reported on approximately 20 more incidents in the province.
Farmers can find tips on preventing farm fires by reading OMAFRA’s Reducing the Risk of Fire on Your Farm.
Farms.com has reached out to Haldimand County Fire Services for updates on the situation.