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Investigation continues into Manitowoc County barn fire


MANITOWOC COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Fire officials in Manitowoc County are investigating a blaze that killed about 120 head of cattle.

Valders Fire Chief Dan Esser said a dairy barn might have been burning for two hours or more before firefighters were called early Friday.

Up to 15 cows died in the barn. The rest managed to escape – but they had to be euthanized because they suffered smoke inhalation.

The barn had partially collapsed by the time firefighters arrived.

Esser said the flames and strong winds made it hard to get the cattle out. He said he wasn’t sure how stable the barn was – and he did not want to risk injuries to the firefighters. None of them were hurt. Units from four fire departments responded.