Hundreds of animals saved from barn fire near Tavistock
Chase Banger, CTV Kitchener
Published Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:48AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:39PM EDT
Fire crews were able to save hundreds of animals from a large barn fire just outside of Tavistock.
Firefighters and provincial police responded to the fire at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday at Maplewood Sideroad.
Large plumes of smoke from the fire could be seen from kilometres away.
Officials are estimating about $2 million in damage.
"It has a ripple effect in our community because it's such a tight-knit community," said Cst. Ed Sanchuck of the OPP. "We are hoping the community comes together and rallies around the owner of this farm, but more important we're just trying to determine the cause of this fire so we can probably prevent this from happening again."
Around 300 sows were saved from one of the barns. While there were some animal casualties, fire officials say that the number could have been much higher.
The Ontario Fire Marshall is attending the scene where some of the destroyed barn is still standing.
Firefighters on scene say it is a good learning experience to help prevent future barn fires.
So far, the fire is not being considered suspicious.