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.
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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