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Several cows die in Harvard barn fire

At least seven fire departments responded to a barn fire along South Root Road in Harvard Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
At least seven fire departments responded to a barn fire along South Root Road in Harvard Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

HARVARD – A Harvard barn was destroyed and several cows were killed after the structure caught fire Tuesday afternoon.

Around 2 p.m. Marengo firefighters responded to the fully-engulfed barn in the 500 block of Root Road, between Marengo and Harvard. Firefighters had the fire under control in about an hour, but barn was deemed a total loss due to the damage from the flames, according to Marengo Fire Protection District Lt. Noel Gaines.

Gaines was unsure of the exact number of cows that were killed, but he said it was "around eight."

There were nearby fuel tanks and a neighboring machine shed that could have increased the intensity of the fire, but crews were able to remove the tanks and stop the fire from advancing, he said.

No civilians or firefighter personnel were injured.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Since there were no fire hydrants in the area, crews had to shuttle in water from the city of Marengo, Gaines said.

Firefighters from Union, Woodstock, Harvard, Belvidere, Huntley, Boon County, Lakewood, Hampshire, Hebron and Genoa-Kingston assisted on the call.

-Jim Dallke

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