Fire kills 9 animals, levels barn

March 10, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Nine small farm animals died in a two-alarm barn fire about 9:15 a.m. yesterday in the 3900 block of Hawks Hill Road, near New Windsor.

The fire, which destroyed the 50-by-36-foot barn, was discovered by Maura Jo Nupp as she looked out the front window of her house, about 200 feet away.

Mrs. Nupp said, "At first, I thought it was snow swirling over the roof, but then it turned dark and I realized it was smoke and I called 911.

"The small animals were in the lower level of the barn and didn't get out. Two horses and a pony were outside the barn in a corral and they took off."

A goat, a calf, two lambs and five piglets perished in the fire.

Witnesses said the horses were seen running in a field across Hawks Hill Road. They were recovered late yesterday on a nearby farm.

Mrs. Nupp, who has lived on the farm with her family since January, said three saddles and 70 bales of alfalfa hay along with a small fishing boat were also in the barn.

Two of her children, Justin, 8, and Michele, 6, were in school. Matthew, 3 1/2 , was at home with Mrs. Nupp.

New Windsor Fire Chief Ronnie Blacksten said about 70 firefighters used 11 pieces of equipment to fight the blaze, but were unable to save the wood barn.

State Fire Marshal Frank Rauschenberg investigated the cause hTC and checked heat lamps placed in the stalls where the animals were housed.

Engines from New Windsor, Union Bridge, Taneytown, Westminster and Libertytown of Frederick County were dispatched to the blaze.

An American flag and an Olympic flag, raised in January, were blowing in the wind from a light pole in front of Mrs. Nupp's house as she stood in the freezing rain, watching the fire.

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