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Damage estimated at $1 million in fire at New Jerusalem Road farm

More than 40 animals perished when a barn went up in flames July 31 on a farm southeast of Elmira. Damage was pegged at $1 million.

Emergency crews were called to the New Jerusalem Road property about 3:30 p.m. last Friday, arriving to find the barn engulfed in flames, with smoke that was visible for kilometres.

Some 40 calves and three cattle were killed, but most of the animals were rescued.

“They were throwing straw into the barn and something went wrong,” said Woolwich deputy fire chief Dennis Aldous of the cause of the blaze.

Woolwich firefighters were on scene for several hours to bring the fire under control. They remained to put out hot spots in the barn structure until about 9 p.m. that evening, he added.

Roadways in the area were closed for several hours while crews dealt with the situation.

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