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Posted March 03, 2015 - 11:39 AM

A few years back my daughter and her husbands barn burned to the ground and they replaced it with a 48' X 64' pole barn style barn.


At about 12:15 AM this morning she was again awakened by a young man beating on her front door saying the barn was on fire.  He helped her tear down the fence and get four of the adult sheep out but they were burned badly by the fire.  The rest of the livestock including four adult sheep, six four month old lambs, two young lambs, two adult pigmy goats, three five month old pigmy goats, two rabbits, 17 laying chickens and two laying ducks perished in the fire.  Two adult male pigmy goats in the smaller barn also survived as did the smaller barn.  Luckily we had hauled two hogs to the butcher last Thursday for processing. Two barn cats are still missing. 


The barn was fully engulfed when my daughter called 911 and the fire departments arrived in time to save the slab.  The probable cause of the fire was a heat lamp being used to keep a three week old orphaned lamb warm.  My 11 year old granddaughter says she lowered the lamp last evening to keep the lamb warmer.  She named the lamb Wilma after my Mom who died January 30th, 2015.


The daughter and SIL are still undecided on where to go from here.

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 11:51 AM

Sorry to hear of the loss.  I wish them well in their future, wherever it may lead them.






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Posted March 03, 2015 - 11:55 AM

That's a terrible shame
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Posted March 03, 2015 - 11:57 AM

I'm so sorry this happened, it was a beautiful barn, and an awful way for the stock to go. Terrible way for your grand daughter to learn about the danger of heat lamps too. Not to find fault, but we always checked after the boys did chores last thing at night. No matter how responsible a child is, they just don't have the experience and foresight to recognise what could happen. She was only doing what she thought best for the comfort of the lamb. I hope they can rebuild and continue with the livestock.
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Posted March 03, 2015 - 11:58 AM

sorry to hear of that loss, especially just a few years apart.


I had almost that exact same issue a few weeks back. Thankfully my heat lamp landed on top of a material that didn't catch fire, just melted.

I refuse to use the heated buckets for that same reason .

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 12:30 PM

That's a bad loss.  It was a nice looking barn.  

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 12:36 PM

Dang heat lamps have burned down more buildings than any single thing I can think of. I sure hope that your family had insurance on their possessions.

Also very glad that no one was hurt. That in itself is a real blessing.

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 01:03 PM

I saw that on the local news this morning Bill. Sorry to hear about this. Were they insured? I know that no amount of money can replace the animals that were cared for as pets. Glad it wasn't worse where the fire could of spread further. I user heated water dishes but we keep them outside for the dog and Ferrel cats the wife feeds and cares for in the winter.  Glad no one was hurt although it is tough loosing livestock.   Prayers for her and the family.                                   Roger

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 01:32 PM

Bill, I am sorry to hear about the second barn fire. I too am glad it didn't spread to any other buildings. I am also to hear the loss of your mother. 

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 01:42 PM

Sorry to hear of all your losses.
Please know our thoughts are with your family as they work thru this.

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 02:20 PM

Sorry to hear of this second loss!

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 04:03 PM

Sorry to hear about the loss Bill.  I feel even worse thinking about what your granddaughter is going through today.

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 04:29 PM

Wow, hat a terrible thing to have happen, especially for a second time. Hopefully they will bounce back and get past this loss. I hope the Grand Daughter doesn't take it too hard.

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Posted March 03, 2015 - 04:34 PM

Sorry to learn of your loss, and hopefully your family heals quickly. I hope you rebuild and make the next one even more robust. 


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Posted March 03, 2015 - 04:39 PM

Very sorry to hear of this loss.

I have seen many barn fires over the years as I was on the local VFD for over 30 years. But everyone is still a sad thing to see and experience.