Fire destroys barn, shed
Firefighters arrived at 2:55 p.m. and found the shed attached to the barn fully engulfed in flames, and fire spreading to the barn, according to the Brodhead Fire Department.
A family member had been working at the farm during the day and was gone less than 20 minutes when a neighbor reported the fire, according to a department press release.
About 40 head of cattle were being housed in the 45-by-70-foot structure. The cows escaped unhurt and were moved to a farm near Orfordville with the help of family friends and neighbors.
The fire was under control in an hour, but the buildings were destroyed. Damage is estimated at $25,000.
Thirty firefighters from three departments—Brodhead, Juda and Albany—fought the blaze. Response times were slowed because of road conditions from the day’s snowstorm. A backhoe from Maddrell Excavating was used to expose smolder remains.
No one was injured. Firefighters remained on scene for six hours.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it does not appear to be suspicious.