Steer killed in 2-alarm barn fire in Darke County

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.:

Two steer were killed in fire tonight that destroyed a Darke County barn.

There were no people hurt, according to firefighters on scene.

All that remains of the barn are support pillars, but a large amount of hay that was stored in the barn was still smoldering more than two hours after the blaze broke out around 8 p.m. The property owner, who was home in a house near the barn, saw the fire and called 911, according to fire crews.

The weather posed problems for firefighters. The water used to put out the blaze froze on the ground, creating dangerously slick spots for crews. In addition, fire crews had to rotate so they could keep warm.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and monetary losses sustained were not reported.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters from multiple departments were called tonight to a barn fire with flames showing.

The fire broke out shortly before 8 p.m. in the 1300 block of Thomas Road near New Madison.

According to initial reports, livestock and farm machinery was kept in the barn.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.