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Firefighters with the Fredericktown Community Fire District carefully pull a Holstein heifer from a barn at Fawnacres Farm which was severely damaged in Wednesday night’s thunderstorm.
Firefighters with the Fredericktown Community Fire District carefully pull a Holstein heifer from a barn at Fawnacres Farm which was severely damaged in Wednesday night’s thunderstorm. (Photo by Alan Reed) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
June 14, 2013 11:33 am EDT

 

FREDERICKTOWN — Firefighters with the Fredericktown Community Fire District were busy rescuing Holstein heifers from a section of collapsed barn at Fawnacres Farm on Sparta Road on Thursday morning following extensive damage to the barn from Wednesday night’s thunderstorm.

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Farm owner Scott Phillips was unaware of any damage to his large barn until early Thursday when he went to milk his cows and discovered that the barn had shifted 6 feet on its foundation, causing extensive structural damage. A second-story loft section in the barn collapsed and fell when the barn shifted, trapping 56 heifers underneath in their pens.

Phillips contacted the Fredericktown CFD at 7:20 a.m., and Chief Scott Mast responded with a crew of 15 firefighters along with EMS personnel and local veterinarian Phillip Dilts. Urban Search and Rescue and The Ohio Department of Agriculture were also contacted for assistance.

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