Fifty-five goats killed in Saturday barn fire west of Janesville

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staff, Gazette
Monday, March 18, 2013

— Fifty-five goats died Saturday in a barn fire on Highway 14 west of Janesville, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Emergency workers responded to a report of a barn fire at 9:14 p.m. to a farm at 4802 W. Highway 14 in the town of Janesville. Shortly after firefighters arrived, the barn was fully engulfed, according to the news release.

No people were injured, but 55 of the 70 goats in the barn died. Other buildings on the property were damaged by the heat, according to the news release.

On Sunday afternoon, the large barn was a pile of rubble. Slush and water stood in nearby fields and yards.

Highway 14 was closed in both directions between Burdick and Fitzsimmons roads for more than five hours, according to the news release. Large amounts of sand and salt were used on Highway 14 because of the cold and the amount of water used to put out the fire.

The sheriff's office reported that the cost of the damage could exceed $170,000. The Janesville Fire Department estimated structure damage at $81,000, according to a news release from the fire department.

The fire's cause remained under investigation Sunday afternoon, according to fire department reports.

The property is owned by Jim and Kerri Alt. Kerri Alt told a Gazette photographer on scene on Saturday night that the cause of the fire might have been electrical.

The fire could be seen from more than a mile away. A man who lived a half-mile from the fire on Saturday told The Gazette he could hear the fire crackling.

Last updated: 7:55 am Monday, April 29, 2013

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