Barn Fire in Rural Carver Co. Kills Nearly 100 Calves

Updated: 02/12/2013 3:06 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Electricity likely caused a fire Tuesday at a barn in rural Carver County - killing nearly 100 calves and cows, authorities say.

The fire started at about 3:45 a.m. in the barn at a commercial dairy farm on 182nd Street in San Francisco Township, said Fire Chief Todd Otto of the Belle Plaine Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to a third of the barn, Otto said. About 100 cattle were inside the barn, including 13 cows. The rest were calves.

Firefighters rescued approximately a dozen of the calves. The animals are being treated by a veterinarian, Otto said. The family-owned farm has about 500 heads of cattle.

Five other fire departments helped battle the blaze. Firefighters extinguished the flames within two hours, but remained Tuesday on site putting out hot spots.

"We did have to shuttle water in from our community," he said.

The fire likely was caused by electricity, according to a preliminary investigation. The local fire marshal is continuing to investigate the cause.