Blaze hits Carroll dairy farm

September 05, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

KEYMAR -- A farmer lost more than 2,200 bales of hay and straw and a 100-year-old wood storage barn in a three-alarm fire in this Carroll County community yesterday afternoon.

The destroyed bank barn in the 1000 block of Francis Scott Key Highway had been loaded with hay and straw.

Robert Doody, who runs the 250-acre dairy farm, said he had been hauling and spreading manure throughout the day and left the barn only 10 minutes before a neighbor discovered the fire about 1:45 p.m.

Mr. Doody rushed to the barn and was able to rescue 12 calves and heifers from the lower level before he was forced out by the intense heat. The hay and straw burned for hours while firefighters from nine fire companies trucked and poured thousands of gallons of water on the barn.

Mr. Doody, who milks about 55 dairy cows and has another 45, watched firefighters work to save a machinery shed attached to the barn. He said the year's crop of hay and straw stored in the barn was lost. There were 116 roll bales and 600 square bales of hay and 1,500 bales of straw.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's office were trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Dave Nelson, chief of the Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Department, said it was impossible to save the barn but that the firefighters did a good job to save the one-story shed. He ordered the 75 firefighters who responded to the blaze to work in shifts because of the heat. No one was injured.

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