A Saturday evening fire at a Chenango County farm destroyed the barn and garage and left one animal dead.
One cow was killed, according to Kevin Christian, chief of the South New Berlin Fire Department, and several other animals in the barn at the time, including cows, calves and dogs, were evacuated to safety.
No people were injured, he said.
Crews responded around 7:15 p.m. to a barn fire on County Road 28. The flames spread to the garage and ignited several propane tanks in and around it, causing them to explode, Christian said. Siding on the back of the house also sustained minor damage.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but Christian said he believes it started in the barn.
The steel roof of the barn collapsed on top of about 100 round bales of hay, Christian estimated; many of which continued to burn but could not be reached until an excavator was brought in. The fire was not fully extinguished until almost midnight.
Fire departments from New Berlin, Pittsfield, Mount Upton, Gilbertsville and Norwich provided mutual aid. Sherburne ambulances and coordinators from the Chenango County Bureau of Fire and Emergency Management were also on the scene.
A fundraiser has been set up for the family at https://www.facebook.com/donate/702906416845998/
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