Fire destroys barn at dairy farm

Volunteer firefighters and equipment operators move and extinguish hay after the knockdown of a barn fire at Thousand Hill Dairy Farm on Carroll Road between Patton and Carrolltown on Tuesday morning. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

PATTON — An early morning fire tore through a barn at the Thousand Hill Dairy Farm on Tuesday. No animals were lost in the blaze that took nearly 12 hours to extinguish, fire officials said.

Cambria County first re­­sponders were dispatched at 12:57 a.m. for a structure fire on the 700 block of Carroll Road, East Carroll Township.

Firefighters arriving on scene found a barn fully engulfed in flames, according to 911 reports.

Working quickly, firefighters were able to save about a dozen calves that were housed in a barn next to the burning building.

With no public water system in East Carroll Township, firefighters pulled water from a local pond and several fire departments shuttled water to the scene from a fire hydrant in Patton Borough.

The blaze belched flames, sparks and smoke into the night sky and as the sun rose Tuesday morning, firefighters remained on site, finally clearing the scene by about 12:30 p.m.

The large barn, used to store heavy machinery and grain, was a total loss, officials from Patton Fire Company No. 1 said. No injuries were reported.

Seven fire departments and three EMS services responded to the scene.

Patton Fire Chief Pat Wood said it was a great collaboration between the different departments, noting that the departments worked well together to minimize the damage to other structures surrounding the building.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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